The Sports Brothers: Loria must be delusional
caines | 2/28/2013, 4:30 a.m.
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria must have one of those mirrors that tells him exactly what he wants to hear. But chances are, if wegave that mirror some truth serum it would tell him he aint the best owner around. A misguided Loria took out full page ads in all four major South Florida newspapersthis past weekend, blaming everyone except himself for what ails his franchise. He just doesnt get it. He must be losing it. After all, what moron could notimprove a depleted minor-league system bytrading off the majority of its best major-league players? I guess we should all be relieved thatthe $450M he got in public money to build a new stadium is a "burden incurred by tourists who are visiting our city,'' and "not the resident taxpayers." Really? Let the record show that Loria received a publicly-funded, brand new stadium,acquired big nameplayers one year, got us all excited that we would contend for years to come and then had the dreaded fire sale shipping everyone off so that he now sits in a position to profit greatly. We, on the other hand are now saddled with a triple A team. One of Lorias former prized free agents, shortstop Jose Reyes, said the owner told him to buy a house in Miami only to trade him two days later. Loriasent workhorse pitcher Mark Buehrle toToronto of all places knowing hispet pit bulls aren't allowed there. Sothe family will have to live in Chicago this season while Buehrleplays in Toronto. Loria has a heart of gold doesn't he? His mistakes and poor baseball decisions saddled him with a hefty payroll but he never blamed himself.He blamed the underperforming players that drew over 2.2 million fans to Marlins Park a year ago. Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, Buehrle and Jose Reyes are all gone. Good luck even sniffing two million fans this year Loria. Nice gesture with the letter but this Marlin fan base has been burned by this regime before. Fool me once shame on you, fool me . . . oh, never mind. The Sports Brothers, Jeff Fox & Ed Freeman, can be heard daily on WQAM 560 Sports.