Forget fans putting paper bags over their heads. Forget fans getting ejected for not producing ID (you might expect that in Arizona, but not South Florida!?!). The Marlins may face the biggest public criticisms this year over their attendance reporting this year.
Apparently, the team didn't even announce yesterday's crowd:
And it's probably not just the Marlins sensative to the fallout....the Miami Dolphins, hoping for a public handout to presumably prevent them from blackmailing the city and threatening to leave, are carefully measuring the public sentiment toward stadium subsidies.
The good news for the Dolphins is Governor Rick Scott seems to be on-board with the handout, and critical Miami-Dade residents will have just a few weeks to mount an opposition effort before the stadium referendum could go to ballot.
Of course, if there's any silver lining in the Marlins' episode, it's that at least the Rays won't be finishing in last-place in MLB attendance this year.