Miami Marlins resort to Groupon to try to fill opening day seats

  • David Whitlock

Ugggh, I feel bad for Marlins fans.  And I’m a Houston Astros fan.  At least the Astros have moved a lot of opening day tickets, despite an unprecedented price jack by the new ownership.  I guess ESPN Sunday Night Baseball helps.  But I digress.

But back to the South Florida Flounders.  Recall, the Miami Marlins grand Opening Day ticket sales event yielded a long snaking line of these four people, including a guy in a camouflage hat shirt, dark socks and flops (might have mistaken this for the line for ammo).

So where do they go from here?  Apparently Groupon.  This in a new stadium, which usually takes a fan base about a decade before not showing up when a team is lousy.  This is against the Atlanta Braves, their closest NL rival and relative rival.  And all deals involve merchandise (let’s just hope that they’ve cleared the racks of Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes jerseys…that won’t sit well).

So where does the team go from here?  Trade for big name talent and lose money? Reduce team salary to $30M and live off the MLB dole?  Relocate to Nashville or Round Rock?  The last option is looking the strongest.

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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