Tip For Sports Teams: Do Not Ask Fans To Share Their Favorite Memories Of A Terrible Season On Facebook
Fans love their teams, but it’s often a tough love. They’ll boo when things go wrong. They’ll write angry things on message boards and storm around their houses cursing this player or that coach. They’ll always be back for more anyway, of course, but in their moments of disappointment, they’re likely to get angry.
And Miami Marlins fans? They’ve got plenty of reason to be angry. The team made a huge splash in the offseason, opening up a new (funded-largely-by-taxpayer-money) stadium that has this in it, changing their name and logo, spending a ton of money on free agents, and hiring Ozzie Guillen to manage the whole thing. For all that money and hubbub, they got… a 69-93, last-place finish (three games worse than last year), along with Guillen being extra Guillen-y.
By any measure, this season was a disaster… so of course the Marlins decided to ask their devoted-but-angry fans what their favorite memory of this disaster of a season was. One terrible decision for the road. Let’s see what some of them had to say, shall we?
These are all pulled selectively, of course – some fans had nice things to say about how nice the stadium is and how good Giancarlo Stanton is – but clearly, there’s a lot of venom there. (And believe us, there is much more where that came from. See for yourself.)
And the fan venom is irresistible, isn’t it? Not to mention entirely deserved. When you spend years fielding one of the cheapest teams in baseball, seemingly not even trying to win, then finally go on a spending spree… and the team gets worse? The Marlins have everything their fans are saying coming, and more. We’d ask how, say, Royals fans might respond to a similar question, but it seems the Royals had the good sense not to ask their fans to share their fond memories, and instead just thank them for putting up with their shit again. If 2013 goes anything like 2012 did, the Marlins would be wise to try something similar.
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