The Miami Marlins did the unthinkable: Complained about an opponent’s lineup in a spring training game!! Yes, this actually happened.
On Thursday, the Red Sox were scheduled to face the Marlins in Jupiter, Florida. Miami was gearing up for the reigning World Series champs by charging a premium on ticket prices (for a meaningless spring training game with rain in the forecast).
Here’s how much extra the Marlins charged for the game relative to a “regular” spring game, according to the Sun-Sentinel:
- $12 more for field box seats
- $11 more for loge seats
- $10 more for bleachers seats
In the Sox lineup that day was Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks, and Mike Karp.
Not in the lineup was Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, A.J. Pierzynski, and Grady Sizemore.
Obviously the biggest stars were not in, but Boston still played 2 of its top prospects and 2 starters from last year’s team.
The Marlins though were not happy about this at all and reportedly planned to complain to the league office.
Red Sox owner John Henry fired back on Twitter.
They should apologize for their regular season lineup.
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) March 8, 2014
Talk about the ultimate comeback.
Miami lost 100 games last season and the team has not made the playoffs since 2003. Aside from Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton, there isn’t much to be excited about this year’s Marlins team.
The Marlins tried to compete in 2012, but every move the team made essentially failed and management once again blew the team up.
This was a spring training game. It meant absolutely nothing. Jupiter, Florida is over 2 and a half hours away from Fort Myers. There was rain in the forecast and the game was eventually called in the 8th inning). What sense is it to drive across the entire state of Florida when there was a decent chance the game wasn’t going to be played at all?
When you’re in such a horrible state like the Marlins who need to capitalize anytime a noteworthy opponent comes to town, it’s only natural for them to get super excited about seeing legitimate talent. Like Henry said, if the Marlins actually won games and weren’t consistently in the National League cellar, the team could, wait for it, rely on its own players to sell tickets. What a novel idea!