And no, that’s not a good thing.
Everyone from the Associated Press to Wax Heaven to DeadSpin is writing about the measly 600 fans that turned up for yesterday afternoon’s game against the Atlanta Braves. Sure, it’s a horrible turnout. It’s beyond horrible, it’s disgusting and it is ridiculous. And while I want to sit here and bicker about how half of South Florida probably doesn’t even know we have a Major League team because they are too busy soaking in the cancer rays while sipping on a Pina Colada, I have to be honest and admit that I wasn’t even there myself and I think I have reached a conclusion as to why most of the fans that turned up that day were Canadian geese.
I don’t want to make excuses for the lame @$$ fans of the Florida Marlins because I have been to at least 15 games this season and all I have to say is “WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU PEOPLE?!”, but at least yesterday the lack of attendance was understandable and here are the reasons why.
1. The game between the Marlins and the Braves was scheduled to begin at 12:30pm… on a Wednesday. That is just begging people not to show up, for numerous reasons, and I will list them now.
2. People in South Florida need to work for a living. Property taxes, mortgages, and gas prices are beyond ridiculous down here, people, and they aren’t just going to pay for themselves! And chances are that if people aren’t working, it is because they are one of the thousand newly unemployed and I highly doubt they are willing to spend their savings on $10.00 parking and $7.00 beer.
3. The children in this city that love to play baseball and actually enjoy attending these games are all being held captive at a horrible place called ‘school’. Some one once told me that school was important because it provided you with an education and without an education, you will probably end up working as a custodian in that same school you once attended. ( Coincidentally enough, I did go to school, did not attend college; therefore not receiving the proper education, and I am now working as an extremely underpaid employee in a tiny office at a family owned printing company, which wouldn’t be so bad except that I wanted so badly to grow up to do one of two things: be a journalist or be a photographer. Stay in school kids.) Many parents do not want this for their children and so opt out of taking their children out of school, missing a day of work, and going to a Marlins game on a Wednesday afternoon during what has to be the hottest point in the day and risking dehydration and skin cancer. I love my Marlins, but honestly, I don’t blame them.
So there you have it. You can’t really blame people for not attending the game on Wednesday. It wasn’t exactly feesable. As far as reasons for missing any other games, the pathetic Marlins fans are on their own.