S.L. Price’s profile of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and chief weasel David Samson in the latest issue Sports Illustrated is unlikely to improve the public image of either ; it would be hard to think of another ownership group in U.S. professional sports who’ve so thoroughly antagonized a community. Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado, perhaps unaware his choice of rhetoric will eliminate any chance of topping Still Single’s Best Albums of 2013 chart, spoke with CBS4’s David Sutta :
Regalado, who hadn’t seen the article until CBS4 showed it to him, is quoted throughout including a line where he says “Miami has a history of bad deals, but I would rate this Number 1. The residents of Miami were raped. Completely.”
When asked about the quote, Regalado stood by it.
“I think it’s the truth. I think it was a very bad deal,” he said.
Miami-Dade’s Mayor Carlos Gimenez, another no-vote in the stadium vote several years ago, calls the Marlins carpetbaggers, tone deaf and, “The gift that keeps on giving.”
Marlins President David Samson is quoted saying of the team, “I would’ve sold it opening night. Just walk on the filed, say, ‘Thank you Miami, I love you, this is your ballpark, see you later.’