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Marlins president David Samson first contestant voted off ‘Survivor’

Mark Townsend
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(USA Today)

Miami Marlins president David Samson made his much anticipated 'Survivor' debut during the reality show's season opening episode on Wednesday night.

It didn't go well. At all.

In fact, much like the Marlins are expected to do in the standings this season, Samson left the island before he ever had a chance to settle in, becoming the first participant voted off this season.

The Sun Sentinel has more details:

The game started well enough for Samson, who was designated group leader. Told he needed to pick a tribe member for immediate dismissal, Samson targeted Garrett, a high-stakes poker playing adonis. Samson figured Garrett's combination of brains and brawn represented the biggest threat to himself.

That put Samson in Garrett's crosshairs, and in the end the buffed gambler got his way. Samson was voted off four votes to two.

Apparently Samson didn't get the memo that keeping around bigger threats/targets is often better for your game, while targeting them almost guarantees a quick ending. Especially when you yourself are viewed as a target. It was that misguided game play that led to his demise and also led to host Jeff Probst calling Samson's performance "one of the worst performances out of the gate in the history of 'Survivor."

Ouch.

And we're guessing this attire didn't do him any favors either.

As you might expect, once Samson's departure from the show was finalized, baseball writers and fans alike took their turn giving Samson a parting shot on Twitter.

Which means: 'Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop,' but could be adjusted to 'Thrown Off The Island Like A Nincompoop.'

You almost get the sense David Samson is not very well liked in baseball circles and the job he does with the Marlins isn't taken seriously. But hey, the good news is he's had a lot of extra time to think about his every day job after being bumped from the island before he got his feet wet.

Or maybe that's the worst news possible?

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