You’re Jeffrey Loria. (Apologies in advance.) Your first foray into the sports realm after many false starts began with feet-kicking about a new stadium for your Montreal Expos. When that went poorly, you salted the earth in Quebec with incessant whining. Eventually, the other owners came to your ‘rescue’ with a bailout of unprecedented proportions.
In Miami, you stumble into a 2003 World Series win, making you a very successful accidental tourist. You respond by immediately breaking out your poutin’ shoes again and demand a new stadium. When this fails repeatedly, you chop salary again and alienate a second fan base. When you finally get that stadium deal, does it seem like a good time to lay low and not act petulantly?
Of course not. Go on, Jeffrey…
“With the exception of last year, when we had the chain of injuries primarily hung over from the year before when there were decisions made that were not great decisions, this team has always been formidable.”
That passive-aggressive shot across the bow was aimed at the Bronx and new Yankees manager Joe Girardi, 2006 National League Manager of the Year for the Marlins and 2007 itinerant broadcaster.
Certainly, Girardi’s handling of the pitching staff has been called into question by brighter minds than Loria and Girardi’s interpersonal skills were in question in Miami, but it didn’t serve anyone but Loria’s immense ego to rummage around in 2006’s pity chest.
Questioning the beloved former head coach comes at a time when rumors are flying around south Florida that the stadium deal is the first step in an exit strategy for Loria. From Jorge Sedano, a sports radio host in Miami:
“Now, I’m hearing rumblings that this group may sell once the stadium deal is in place. It certainly would be par the course wouldn’t it? They’d be selling a team with a low payroll and a brand new state of the art retractable roof stadium. Sounds like a profitable plan if I’ve ever heard one. They get to bank on the county’s dime or the tourists. If I didn’t love baseball as much as I do I’d probably say the hell with these guys and this stadium issue.”
Don’t go, Jeffrey poo! Whatever would we do without you and your Godzilla-like ability to tear down the love of baseball in city after city?