Don't be fooled by the empty seats... there are indeed passionate Florida Marlins fans out there.
The folks at Bright Orange Seats show their love for the Fish.
I am convinced Fish Stripes know the Marlins better than the front office does.
Fish Chunks, Fish@Bat and The South Florida Fan all show there those who live and die in teal.
So I am wondering about a few things and I'm hoping my Marlins compadres can help clear things up for me.
I think the Marlins are the strangest franchise in any professional sport.
They are a poster child for small revenue woes. They play in a bad park with small crowds and let their big players go constantly.
And yet since their first season, they are the only team other than the Yankees and the Red Sox to win more than one World Series title.
I encouraged my Cubs, Indians and Giants buddies to become Marlin fans so they could be happy.
But I wonder how those two titles have affected your fan base.
Do you watch and rewatch those playoff and World Series games in your head?
Do you close your eyes and see Edgar Renteria line that shot over Charles Nagy's head?
Do you have the clip of Pudge Rodriguez holding onto the ball to eliminate the Giants on your desktop?
Is there a picture of Alex Gonzalez's walk off shot against Jeff Weaver on your wall?
Is Josh Beckett tagging out Jorge Posada to clinch 2003 your cell phone ring?
Do you chuckle when people mention poor Bartman?
I know that I have watched the games of 2004 more than I care to admit.
And I also own the Sox post season wins on iTunes and rewatch the best parts.
Sometimes I actually stop and exhale and think to myself "I've seen the Red Sox win TWO World Series!"
Is it the same for you?
I've seen Yankee fans thump their chests winning during the Torre years.
I've seen Oakland A's fans proud in 1989, but their celebration subdued by the earthquake.
I've seen Randy Pearlstein, my college buddy, go nuts when his beloved Blue Jays won back to back titles.
I've seen my cousin Dave loving life when the Mets won in 1986. (I don't recall who they played.)
But I also know those fans lived and died and cried with their team for a while.
The Marlins were formed... stunk for 4 years and then suddenly won a World Series.
Was that too much too soon?
Kind of like losing your virginity to Jessica Alba?
Then of course the team was dismantled so fast that 90% of them were on different teams during the victory parade... they stunk for 5 more seasons and won ANOTHER World Series.
Seriously, how do you guys relish those titles?
Forget Billy Goats... Cub fans would sacrifice first born children for one of those.
Same with Cleveland fans... and Giants fans.
You guys have experienced more World Series titles than the Phillies!
And that's a fan base that needs one soon.
Someone e mail me and let me know.
Oh... you do know that you are going to win another World Series very soon, right?