COMMENTARY | It is not easy being a Miami Marlins fan.
There are times when I feel like watching another game because I think they will lose, or Giancarlo Stanton is taking the day off so I feel like there is no explosive player in the offense to keep an eye on. Even beyond little things like that, Marlins fans know that rooting for them will leave you with brief moments of triumph followed by long extended periods of utter failure.
Here is my list of the five reasons why it is hard to root for the Marlins:
1) Jeffrey Loria
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is not the most popular man in Miami. He can be perceived as a snobby art dealer who does not care at all about his fan base. His most recent sins are well known to baseball fans, and he will never be forgiven for his post-2012 fire sale of nearly all the team's veteran talent.
Also, during the 2012 season Loria could be found sitting in his usual seat adjacent to the Marlins dugout. It seemed this was almost a result of his pride of the team he'd put together. This season, however, he has not been sitting in the stands. That tells you all you need to know about Jeffrey Loria. The 2012 season was a big charade.
2) Post-Championship Fire Sales
After both the 1997 and 2003 Marlins' World Series victories, the teams were dismantled. The Marlins' brass has demonstrated a trend of making no effort toward long-term success. For the Marlins, it's success, then regress. This kind of attitude and management leaves Marlins fans with a sour taste in their mouths.
3) Miguel Cabrera, Among Others
Yes, that's right. Miguel Cabrera makes it hard to be a Marlins fan. Why? He could very well still be a Marlin right now, but he's on the Detroit Tigers and is widely considered the best hitter in the world. Every time I see Miguel Cabrera, I ponder what could have been for the Fish if they had kept him. Other players who the Marlins should have kept include slugger Josh Willingham, Anibal Sanchez, A.J. Burnett, and Cody Ross. The list goes on and on.
4) The 2013 Marlins
Let's be honest. The team that has been put together for this season might not even win the AAA championship. The Marlins are anchoring the National League in runs scored, batting average and home runs. They are simply not an exciting team to watch. When they allow 3 or 4 runs in the first few innings, you know they have already lost. That is disheartening.
5) You Don't Expect Big Offseason Signings
Perhaps what is most painful about being a Marlins fan is that you don't expect them to attempt to improve. After they inevitably finish in last place in 2013, there is no feeling that they will spend the money to sign anyone in free agency that will make the team exciting to watch again. How many more years will Marlins fans have to wait this time until Loria opens up his wallet, or, better yet, leaves? Then again, fans will only expect another massive sale.
Brett grew up in south Florida and is a lifelong Marlins supporter. He graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Sport Management. Follow him on Twitter @B_Zager.
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