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Great Expectations: Marlins' Attendance Falling Short Of Hopes Amid Disappointing Season
Published August 8, 2012
SHINY NEW STADIUM: In Ft. Lauderdale, Juan Rodriguez wrote Samson can “point to one facet of the operation that surpassed expectations: Marlins Park.” Samson said, "Having it come in the way it did, on time, on budget and people loving it. To this day, half a season in, the emails and the comments are just tremendous. That has a much longer lasting legacy and it feels good we were able to accomplish that.” He added, "It is certainly tempered by the fact that this season we had completely different visions of how it would go.” Rodriguez wrote while the ballpark has “been a bright spot, the Marlins have not maximized it.” They are “averaging 28,406 fans, putting them on pace for about 2.3 million for the season.” That is “no doubt a robust figure compared to Sun Life Stadium turnouts, but the honeymoon period arguably ended before it ever really began because of the train-wreck season.” Still, Samson said, "The damage is mitigated by the experience people are having at the ballpark ... There's no doubt attendance is lower than we expected it to be this year, but I don't blame the fans at all.” Samson: "This was an all-in season. There's no doubt about that” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 8/7).
PLAYING THE BLAME GAME: Also in Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde wrote, "Everyone can draw a list of why the Marlins season went splat. Every list should start here: Loria. Failed. Dreadfully." Loria is a “meddler of the highest order.” Hyde: “On some level, it's his team, his money and he can do whatever he pleases." But the "way he's running it the organization looks like a completed disorganization. … The meddling owner had the worst year of anyone” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 8/7).