Marlins President David Samson essentially said yesterday that Marlins fans are unintelligent, Jose Reyes is greedy, and that he doesn’t care if anyone goes to games because he’ll be rich no matter what.
Here are the quotes from Miami Today:
“[Samson] called politicians ‘not the intellectual cream of the crop,” adding about the entire population, ‘We’re not the smartest people in Miami. If you’re in this room, you’re instantly in the top 1%.’ ”
“‘[Reyes] said ‘I really want to play in Miami as long as you pay me $1 more than anyone else… I really want to make the most money I can.’”
Referring to when the team was considering moving to Las Vegas and it would be hard to get people to go to games instead of casinos: “‘We don’t care if nobody comes,’ Mr. Samson recalled with a smile. ‘We’ll play in front of nobody, and we’ll have all the money.’”
Um, okay? Mr. Samson, you are in charge of a team that plays in a city that tends to draw the lowest attendance in Major League Baseball. You just invested a crazy amount of money into HUGE contracts, and now you want to insult the intelligence of your fans?
Business 101: Do not call your customers idiots. You want them to spend money on your product. What does insulting their intelligence do for you? Nothing…
I’m gonna to keep this simple: In a year where the Marlins have to draw a lot of fans to the ballpark whether they win 162 games or 0 games, the president of the team should not be saying things like this.
This pretty much sums it up
What does trashing your new star do for you? NOTHING. Seriously, these comments remind me of the comments from Wilpon in the New Yorker about David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and his “sh#*!y” team.
You all know how much drama came out of those comments. I’d expect a similar effect on the Miami fans. But, it’s not going to happen.
Why? Well, Mets fans are unique. Whether the team wins or loses we will always be there to cheer for our team. Seriously, how many people out there that call themselves Yankee fans can name more than three players on the team? Same goes for the Heat, and all the great franchises out there.
I know I just rambled about the loyalty of Mets fans, but I want to get back to the point, which is simple: David Samson is messing up arguably the most important year of his career and it has just begun.
So here is what I think (here come the big bold letters):
The Marlins in five years will be like the Mets of the past few years. They are following a similar pattern as the Mets did. They are becoming relavent, and they WILL have a good team the next two to four years. But after that, the contracts will pile up and they will be quite simply screwed.
The similarities between the 2005 and 2006 Mets off-seasons and the Marlins 2012 off-season are remarkably similar. If I’m wrong, let me know in five years. But, until then, I’m sticking with this prediction.