The Dan Jennings era had a good weekend, but is that a good thing? The answer might not be as simple as you think. The Marlins snapped an eight-game losing streak with wins this past Saturday and Sunday, ending their ten-game homestand at a pathetic 2-8. The disastrous homestand, as you may know by now, included the firing of Marlins manager Mike Redmond and subsequent "promotion" of General Manger Dan Jennings. The move was met with universal mocking within the baseball world and was considered at its root just another typical Marlins cost-related embarrassment. It's thought that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was not a fan of Redmond but at the same time was not willing to pay Ozzie Guillen, Mike Redmond, and a new manager at the same time — so Loria gave a small pay bump to an existing employee, more or less throwing away the season before it was 25 percent old.
That said, every time the Marlins win, Loria is rewarded for yet another cowardly-selfish-cheap act, and that's why a growing number of people in Miami are rooting for the Marlins to fail. An epic shitstorm of embarrassment, mixed with general attention to just how terrible Loria is as a team owner, is the only way to apply the needed pressure on Loria to get him to sell the Marlins and get out of our lives. Loria, plain and simple, won't sell the team until his stadium contract with the City of Miami states he no longer must pay the city a percentage of the money, so many observers believe pressure from the MLB commissioner and fellow owners is the only way to get him out of our hair sooner.
That may be what's best for baseball in Miami and more meaningful than victories against the Orioles in May to get the team back to ten games under .500. It's high time Miamians cared about one thing and one thing only — getting Jeffrey Loria the hell out of our city, no matter the cost, especially at the cost of a meaningless 2015 season that's already dead to rights.
The Marlins continue to be a joke, just running an elaborate shell game in a house that the City of Miami will be paying billions for for decades to come. They are in no way truly trying to compete without shortcuts, continually ranking at the bottom in payroll in Major League Baseball, even as they try to divert your attention away from the fact with the illusion that is the front-loaded Giancarlo Stanton contract. By the time the real money is set to be paid, Loria will have sold for 1,000 percent profit on his initial investment, or Stanton will have had enough of their shit — including this years embarrassing managerial chaos — and he'll opt out and sign elsewhere.
The only way to draw enough attention to Loria's ways, at this point is for this Dan Jennings move to fail in an epic way. People have become desensitized to the Marlins way, and this season could go a long way in bringing it back to the forefront of conversation.
Lose 20 of 25? Sounds good. Actually, sounds too good — there are five happy nights' sleep for Loria in there somewhere. There's nothing to gain by this Marlins team finishing their token 74-89; that will mean just another log on the team's Wikipedia page and another year closer to Loria cashing in on the world's most public decade-and-a-half-long robbery. It's gotten to the point that Loria has gone beyond killing baseball as a sport for some in Miami; he has continually made a joke out of the entire league and its practices. Truthfully, Loria has never won a thing; the 2003 Florida Marlins had next-to-nothing to do with him, he had owned the team for no time at all — he hadn't had enough time to poison it yet. Loria has done nothing but embarrass the city, play on our emotions, and profit off how gullible baseball fans can be.
You can continue to support the Miami Marlins because you love the sport of baseball and because Marlins Park is a fabulous place to populate your Instagram with photos, but for the greater good of the sport in the city, it's better that the Marlins lose as many games as possible this season. Like it or not, that's the reality of the situation, and it has nothing to do with being a "good fan," because people of this thinking aren't Marlins fans anymore anyway. This isn't normal, how this team conducts itself. You're just used to it, and it takes something like the general manager being named the coach even though he's never coached a day in his life to remember what a joke this management has made the sport in our city. It's gotten to the point where it's evident that many people who once loved the game in Miami, now couldn't care less if it stayed or left — and it's no coincidence this has happened on Loria's watch.
Lose, Marlins. Lose in epic fashion. You lost so many Marlins fans a long time ago, and you robbed our city of billions for your own personal gain, embarrassing us in the meantime.
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.