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(Palm Beach Post)   The Florida Marlins, picked by everyone to finish last in the NL east because they are basically a glorified minor league team, are off to the best start in team history   ( palmbeachpost.com) divider line
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2008-05-10 04:42:41 PM  
I seem to recall the '05 Orioles getting off to a pretty good start, too.

/Just sayin'
 
2008-05-10 04:45:36 PM  
"in team history"

Seein' as how they've been around like 5 years, that's not saying much.

/still better than the phils tho
 
2008-05-10 04:51:13 PM  
phillydrifter: "in team history"

Seein' as how they've been around like 5 years, that's not saying much.

/still better than the phils tho


in before "Championships" talk.

oh and this is a nice note:

The Marlins' previous franchise record for the best start after 35 games was 20-15, in 2002, 2004 and 2005. The team missed the playoffs in all three years.
 
2008-05-10 04:59:06 PM  
I suspect that between the Phils, the Mets and the Braves it should be a pretty decent race in the NL East this year.
 
2008-05-10 05:11:34 PM  
akugyaku: I suspect that between the Phils, the Mets and the Braves it should be a pretty decent race in the NL East this year.

Mets will choke again
/Mets fan
 
2008-05-10 05:18:43 PM  
drop acid: Mets will choke again
/Mets fan


most likely, but at least they make it interesting.
 
2008-05-10 05:22:38 PM  
What the fark is up with the Marlins? They have no fanbase to speak of and their ownership will do anything to avoid spending a dollar yet somehow they have two championships in 10 years.

It's as if the secret to success is to fail at failing
 
2008-05-10 05:35:46 PM  
akugyaku: drop acid: Mets will choke again
/Mets fan

most likely, but at least they make it interesting.


Making it interesting with their ghastley payroll and skyrocketing ticket prices is not good enough.
/Hence the booing
 
2008-05-10 06:01:31 PM  
I was gonna say that the Marlins won a World Series twice in recent years, which is better than respected teams like the Cubbies, so what the hell is subby talking about? I wish my teams (Stros and Rangers) would be able to have as much success as them.
 
2008-05-10 06:03:44 PM  
Go Cards!
 
2008-05-10 06:22:24 PM  
To hell with the Florida Marlins and their bandwagon fans, I'll always be bitter as hell about 1997. One hell of a World Series though man, one hell of a World Series.

/cries softly in the corner.
 
2008-05-10 06:38:18 PM  
The Florida Marlins, picked by everyone to finish last in the NL east because they are basically a glorified minor league team, are off to the best start in team history

Which is why, when I pick a team to root for, I listen to all the experts, carefully study the statistics, examine the records, weigh it all very carefully, and then, and only then, root for anyone NOT the Yankees or the Red Sox.

/Go Cubs!
//and good luck Marlins!
 
2008-05-10 06:41:15 PM  
drop acid: akugyaku: drop acid: Mets will choke again
/Mets fan

most likely, but at least they make it interesting.

Making it interesting with their ghastley payroll and skyrocketing ticket prices is not good enough.
/Hence the booing



Meh.. they are 10-5 at home so far this year. The booing is pretty unneccessary.
 
2008-05-10 06:43:33 PM  
So don't get too attached to the current roster, because once it wins the World Series, they'll all be traded or not re-signed before the next Spring Training.
 
2008-05-10 07:11:54 PM  
I used to be a big fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers when they concentrated on growing their prospects through their strong minor league operations and building teams where the major players would spend a lot of time with the team.

Point being is you can build a strong team without stars, but it takes team spirit, hard work, commitment from the fans, and patient ownership. Oh yeah, and free mustache rides for the ladies.
 
2008-05-10 08:02:57 PM  
The Cincinnati Reds suck
 
2008-05-10 08:25:37 PM  
skinink: So don't get too attached to the current roster, because once it wins the World Series, they'll all be traded or not re-signed before the next Spring Training.

they just signed Hanley Ramirez to a six year extension (new window)
 
2008-05-10 08:28:55 PM  
The Florida Marlins are owned by a man who did his best to destroy two franchises, with the kind assistance of Bud Selig, who wanted so badly to get John Henry's ownership group in place in Boston that he didn't give a damn whether baseball survived in Montreal or Miami. That's a great steward of the game that we've got right there.

Here's a nice article that calls Loria on his BS pleas of poverty.

/bitter
 
2008-05-10 08:49:33 PM  
"Glorified minor league team"

Well, they beat the Yankees in the World Series in 2003 and won the Series in 1997.
 
2008-05-10 09:31:24 PM  
I'm a Cubs fan. I hate the Padres and actually enjoy watching them suffer this year but I still think they need to do exactly what the Marlins have done twice already. When you can't afford your talent and have to blow the team up, blow it up with a purpose. The Marlins are an amazing organization, regardless of fan attendance.

/oh, I live in SD.
//I should hate the Marlins too but that team was impressive.
///Fark Steve Garvey
 
2008-05-10 10:13:51 PM  
HI - Marlins season ticket holder since season one - 1993.

Yes, attendance really stinks but I see empty seats on ESPN all the time.

Those photos posted above are very very deceiving. They are also not from this season. (well at least three of them from what I can tell - the temporary resturant seating is missing in right field and that gets taken down in mid August)

The first photo is taken in the top of the first inning. Take a look at the stands in LA in the first 2 innings. They play in a football stadium with lots of seats that they do not even open for baseball because the sightlines are so bad or they are so far away. And the orange seats over the scoreboard are closed because well, the scoreboard!

The owner might be an A*S but the people running the team REALLY know talent. It is an extremely fun team to watch! I was unhappy when they traded Beckett and Lowell to Boston but look we got Ramirez in exchange. I say even trades - I loved Lowell but many of those doubles that he hits off the green monster would have been outs at Dolphin Stadium.

This year they traded Cabrera and Willis. Cabrera is a HUGE talent even though he is struggling right now. But we got Miller (a pitcher who has more wins right now then Willis at 5% the contract and a youngin' Maybin who is in the minors and is tearing the cover off the ball. He will be in the majors by years end.

All I am sayin' is stop the hatin'! :-)

Yes, there are fans (we have one of the highest TV and radio ratings in the majors.) Once there is a stadium with a roof (and hopefully the metrorail connected to stadium) you will see 30K fans at the games.

//sorry for the rant

WS champs '97 & '03!
 
2008-05-10 11:52:35 PM  
It won't last.
 
2008-05-11 12:23:46 AM  
AL East Standings
W L Pct GB
Boston 24 15 .615 --
Tampa Bay 20 16 .556 2.5
Baltimore 19 18 .500 4.5
NY Yankees 19 19 .500 4.5
Toronto 17 21 .447 6.5

I'm having fun over here in the AL East for the first time in a while.

/Orioles
 
2008-05-11 12:23:51 AM  
The Marlins seems to come out of nowhere every 5 years and win it all. Those of us that can count aren't really surprised by their resurgence.
 
2008-05-11 01:47:08 AM  
iamskibibitz: The Marlins seems to come out of nowhere every 5 years and win it all. Those of us that can count aren't really surprised by their resurgence.

Those of us that can count also know that 2003 minus 1997 is six.

/sorry, just joshing you
 
2008-05-11 02:08:15 AM  
Let us pay attention to the fact that the Blue Jays are sucking the bag this year. Alex Rios, Roy Halladay, and Matt Stairs can't farking WAIT for their contracts to expire at this rate.
 
2008-05-11 02:08:35 AM  
skinink: So don't get too attached to the current roster, because once it wins the World Series, they'll all be traded or not re-signed before the next Spring Training.

Hanley Ramirez and his 70M would like a word.
 
2008-05-11 02:46:45 AM  
Shark Bait Whoo Ha Ha: HI - Marlins season ticket holder since season one - 1993.

Congratulations on being one of the few loyal fans. If only there were more like you, the franchise might not get shipped off to some other state one day.


Those photos posted above are very very deceiving.

Umm, no, they're not. They're photographs. What you see is what actually happened. No one showed up. 3 of those photos are mine. I was there. I also have video.


They are also not from this season.

So you're agreeing that the fans are frontrunners who show up when there's a chance they'll win? At least you're not delusional.



The first photo is taken in the top of the first inning.


Oh, I see - the other 40,000 people are just stuck in traffic on the Turnpike. I'm sure that stadium's at maximum capacity by the top of the 4th, right?


All I am sayin' is stop the hatin'! :-)

You should spend more time telling your fellow Marlins "fans" to start the likin'.


Yes, there are fans (we have one of the highest TV and radio ratings in the majors.)

Source? Although I'm not going to argue that more people are watching at home then bothering to show up in person.


Once there is a stadium with a roof (and hopefully the metrorail connected to stadium) you will see 30K fans at the games.


Ok, maybe you are delusional.


/not expecting my comments to have any value here since I'm a Cubs fan, even though I'm at Dolphin Stadium every year and witness the horrific attendance with my own eyes/ears/cameras.
 
2008-05-11 02:12:26 PM  
WoodyHayes: To hell with the Florida Marlins and their bandwagon fans, I'll always be bitter as hell about 1997. One hell of a World Series though man, one hell of a World Series.

/cries softly in the corner.


It still hurts me in my soul to think about it.

/And Mesa used to be my favorite player, too
 
2008-05-11 11:39:44 PM  
The Marlins will be back to 4th by the All-Star break. There's no way this team of AAA talent can continue overachieving for that long of a period. Baseball's season is just too long.
 
2008-05-12 01:09:09 AM  
Ed Willy: Well, they beat the Yankees in the World Series in 2003 and won the Series in 1997.

When the guys on today's roster were either in high school or elementary school, respectively.
 
2008-05-12 11:24:10 AM  
With the new stadium deal they'll need to spend some money and fill that stadium. I wouldn't be surprised to see Loria beef up the payroll and go for another WS. Once he gets the season ticket commitments he will dump the roster again and repeat.

I love the Fish (since '93) but despise Loria.
 
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