No one's buying what Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria's selling.
Season ticket sales have plummeted from 12,000 in 2012 to just 5,000 so far this year, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Loria's defiant take on the team's scorched earth offseason isn't helping. After placing an instantly-maligned full-page letter to fans in South Florida papers Sunday, he continued to defend his decisions on Monday night during a 23-minute meeting with reporters and again on Tuesday. It was the first time Loria had address media since dismantling in November the higher-payroll team he had promised to provide when the Marlins moved into their new ballpark.
In fact, Loria actually claimed not to have heard any negative feedback for several months, reports the Palm Beach Post: "I haven’t seen anything. I got a few silly phone calls. That was in November. It stopped. I’m hoping maybe we can just call a halt to it all and try and get behind the home team this next year."
That seems unlikely, considering photos from the first day of individual game ticket sales showed four people in line at the team's fan fest at Marlins Park, the public-private boondoggle that will eventually cost Miami-Dade taxpayers -- who never got to vote on the project -- some $2.4 billion...
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Via Billy Corben