Dear Mr. Loria,
As I sit here and watch former Marlin great Miguel Cabrera, now playing for the Tigers in the ALCS, I only have one thing to say: You ruined baseball for me and countless other South Floridians.
Understand, I'm not just another whining member of the media complaining about the state of baseball in South Florida, no. I'm a former seven year season ticket holder with a 13 year old Son who couldn't name a Marlin player if I offered him a new iPhone. You can say, "well that's your fault, why didn't you bring him?" There's an answer to that: you lost Me as a fan.
I grew up a Met fan, watching and going to games with my Dad and Grandfather as a kid, when we moved to Florida, there was no baseball, so we became Dolphin fans. Then one day, we had baseball again and we went to 20 games a year and saw two World Series teams. What great memories my Father and I have. Then you built that stadium, and the "big lie" happened.
After years of "nothingness" you went out and hired the best team money could buy. They stunk the joint up the first year, and that was it, you bailed on the team, and the fans. You said that, "one day, we'd realize it was the right thing to do". Was it?
I'm not the only Dad not taking his kid to baseball games, you've lost a generation. Those kids are now Heat and Dolphin fans, and you don't care.
Shame on you for that. Shame on you for cutting, meddling, firing, hiring and ruining baseball. I miss baseball, but didn't realize it until I found myself today, rooting for teams that I don't care about. That's on you Mr. Loria. You ruined baseball, shame on you.
Good Day Sir,
Dad, Radio host, former baseball fan.
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