If you build it, they will come.
That was the message from Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria back in 2009 when he convinced Miami-Dade commissioners to vote for the massive pimple that now protrudes from the forehead of Little Havana.
It worked for a season. And then came Loria's $2 billion-promise-breaking offseason firesale. Now Marlins attendance has reverted to what it was in Sun Life Stadium: the worst in Major League Baseball.
According to ESPN, the Marlins 2013 home attendance is currently hovering at 17,829 per game. That is dead last among MLB's 30 teams and only 100 more than what the Fish drew back in Sun Life Stadium.
Of course, it's no mystery why no one wants to see the Marlins. Loria sold all of our best players for
peanuts prospects and slashed the payroll by $60 million, but not before the value of the team had doubled thanks to the new stadium.
"I obviously still feel tremendously sorry about what happened last year," Marlins president David Samson told the Miami Herald. "The goal we have with our fans every day is to get them to the point when they say, 'I remember when -- I remember when I was so unhappy with the team. But now, it's a love affair.'"
The Marlins are currently 21 games out of first place, and have a realistic shot at retaining last season's title of
worst team one of the worst teams in the majors.*
What's not to love?
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*Correction: The Marlins were dead last in their division last year, but only the sixth worst team in MLB.