August 25th, 2011 at 1:21 AM ^

To be fair a hurricane was coming toward the area. People probably felt like they had better things to do than go to the prepare their house for bad weather.

The Marlins do tend to have pretty bad attendance problems though.


August 25th, 2011 at 1:22 AM ^

How much are they paying their players? I wonder how much money they lose night in and night out only filling up three or four hundred seats, although, hurricane might have something to do with this.


August 25th, 2011 at 1:41 AM ^


let me quote the article title and see if it clears anything up: "347 fans! Irene wipes out Marlins attendance"

so yes,  maybe the hurricane did have something to do with it.  and also sometimes it pays to at least read the title.  

The Nicker

August 25th, 2011 at 2:12 PM ^

The Marlins' payroll is small enough that even if 0 people showed up to every game, based primarily on revenue sharing, along with TV contracts, the Marlins would still turn a profit.


See Deadspin, 2010.


August 25th, 2011 at 1:59 AM ^

I've never been happier to have CFB start.

I guess it says a lot about me as a person if I would have to be forcibly removed from Michigan Stadium to get me to leave while a game was still being played, though.

Clarence Beeks

August 25th, 2011 at 2:31 AM ^

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the author of this article isn't a Floridian (edit: a little bit of research turns up that he's from Chicago.  Credibility on hurricances: zero).  Everyone in Florida knows Irene isn't going to hit Florida and is most definitely not going to hit the Miami area.  At worst, Miami is going to get some rain and wind in the mid-20s tomorrow.  Definitely not the type of conditions for the next day that even provide a reasonable rationalization for this.  Blaming this on the hurricane is almost as pathetic as the attendance number itself.  As has been mentioned elsewhere, this number is due to the game having been moved, not because people were actually worried about this storm and were rushing off to protect their property.

Clarence Beeks

August 25th, 2011 at 10:31 AM ^

Nope, no desire to be a meteorologist, I'm just a Floridian who actually knows something about hurricanes.  I do appreciate the attempt at humor, though, although I admittedly don't understand why it was necessary...


August 25th, 2011 at 11:02 AM ^

It wasn't necessary, which is a trait shared by your response to the OP's post:  completely unnecessary.  Thanks again by the way for reminding everyone you are from Florida and thus share some sort of unspoken kinship with the weather patterns found therein.  You are Heinskitz Velvet, trainer of dolphin.  You want to talk to the hurricane, you talk to Clarence Beeks. Fucking Poseidon over here...

Also, it was not an attempt at humor, but rather humor. 

Clarence Beeks

August 25th, 2011 at 12:08 PM ^

Nah, to be humor it has to actually be funny, whereas, instead, you're just being an asshole.  I'm not quite sure what, exactly, was wrong with what I posted.  I didn't say anything that wasn't completely accurate.  Do you seriously think that it's unreasonable that people who live in Florida would know more about hurricane patterns impacting Florida than people who live elsewhere?  Seriously, just give it a rest.  Despite your best efforts, you're not funny.


August 25th, 2011 at 9:25 AM ^

Duk (Kevin Kaduk) wrote it. He's more Deadspin than Brian Cook FYI. His columns are generally about the whimsy that goes on around baseball. Something about that guy really irks me -- maybe that he rubs shoulders with and acts like a member of the blogging revolution, but there's no heart in it. Or that he's the purveyor of baseball humor (the niche that's so ably filled by Spencer for CFB) but he's not at all funny. Like he would run a photo caption contest (don't know if he still does it) but then just pick a winner at random because he still has no idea what people with souls find funny.

I prefer Tim Brown, who has strong sympathies for the players and their humanity which comes across as an innate decency.

Clarence Beeks

August 25th, 2011 at 10:30 AM ^

Yeah, I think I have a similar sentiment about his writing that you do, especially after reading this article.  It was obvious that he was trying to be funny, but he just wasn't.  Almost primarily because it was such an easy target (i.e. attendance at Marlins games) and one that has been targeted so many times before.  Saying that people weren't there because they were concerned about Irene was just stupid, even if he was trying to be funny.  First, it was a game that was moved to the day before it was scheduled, and during the day, at that (which is unusual for Marlins games - they've only had ten afternoon home games all year); there was nothing unexpected at all that there would be low attendance for this game, so it just strikes me as a bit of a cheap shot (and I can't stand the Marlins).  Second, there is literally zero concern about Irene in South Florida.  After reading this article, and your comment, I definitely appreciate what you're saying.

The Nicker

August 25th, 2011 at 2:11 PM ^

More that Yahoo has some really really good bloggers in charge of some of their other sports (Wyshinski, Hinton) and then they run this guy out there for baseball, which you could argue should be one of their flagships. He's pretty mediocre. Not a great writer, not captivating, and doesn't write about things well from a national perspective. Way too whimsical. It'd be fine if he was the no. 2 guy on the blog, but he's not.


August 25th, 2011 at 2:22 AM ^

It was a night game moved to day because of the hurricane.  The stadium is built between the Everglades and a very large landfill.  It is not the best place to be when it is 95 degrees, 70 plus humidity, and the sun is out.  

Marlins fans aren't very loyal, but they aren't stupid, either.


August 25th, 2011 at 10:50 AM ^

I would say the hurricane is the reason for that.  Baseball is a boring sport and they play too many games, that is why stadiums all over baseball look like ghost towns.  But ESPN will act like it is the greatest sport around, that is why they devote an hour a day to the sleep inducing baseball tonight.