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SBD/April 10, 2013/Franchises
Marlins See Record-Low Crowd At Ballpark, Down More Than 20,000 From Opening Day
Published April 10, 2013
YOU'RE OUTTA HERE: NBCSPORTS.com's Craig Calcaterra wrote there could be some "he-said, she-said" behind two Marlins fans being ejected Monday, and maybe they "truly were being disruptive." But it "sure as hell sounds to me that the Marlins simply didn’t like the fact that someone was criticizing them in their own (tax payer-funded) house." One of the ejected fans held a "Free the Marlins" sign, while the other wore a T-shirt which read, "Marlins Baseball Helping Others Get Better Since 1998" (NBCSPORTS.com, 4/9). BUSINESSWEEK's Ira Boudway wrote the incident is "yet another example of the team’s spectacular ability to create bad publicity" (BUSINESSWEEK.com, 4/9). But in Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde noted Marlins President David Samson said that a meeting Monday "stressed not to kick anyone out for signs or wording." The "last thing the Marlins want" is a story of fans getting ejected. Hyde noted he talked with the fans early on at the opener and "unless they changed their methods -- again, that’s possible -- they weren’t causing a loud scene" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 4/9).