Derek Jeter’s time as the Owner of the Miami Marlins can be summed up in one word: Debacle. Whether it’s the trading of his best players or utter failure to win games, it’s no secret that he is losing the fans. In fact, Miami averaged less than 10,000 fans per game last year. To put that in perspective, the Mets got 28,000.
When Jeter was asked about the state of the team he said:
“This is professional sports, and I feel bad for even saying this, but it’s impossible to win every single game. But one thing you always remember is the experience you have while you’re at the park, and we want it to be a positive experience and we want people to enjoy themselves,” Jeter said, according to the New York Post. “And look, a lot of times people come, they don’t know who won or lost, sometimes they don’t even know who was playing, but they do know if they had a good experience, and that’s what we’re focused on.”
Let’s unpack how nothing of a statement this was. First, Jeter starts out by saying that he cannot win all 162 games and how he feels bad for saying that. What? Jeter feels bad about saying something that is true 100% of the time? A fact as some call it.
Later, he says that some people don’t even know who was playing. Well, duh. The fans know who the stars are, and Jeter keeps trading them away. Giancarlo Stanton to his beloved Yankees and JT Realmuto to division rival Phillies. Hard to know who the players are when either no one does anything or the ones worth getting to know will be shipped off soon.
Lastly, Jeter says that he is focused on the experience for fans. I guess when you can’t show the fans some quality baseball, you have to throw in some gimmicks to make it bearable. I am not much of a TV baseball watcher, but going to a ballpark is one of my favorite things of all time to do. Dollar Dog and Beer Night can make me cancel just about any plan I had previously. But, if I never hear one crack of the bat, then I will feel just a little bit cheated of the experience.
I don’t even have baseball team that I root for, but I know Jeter is doing something wrong. Only a matter of time before there is a full mutiny on him.