Giancarlo Stanton Makes The Marlins Pay With His HR Derby Performance
Last night Giancarlo Stanton showed why he earned that 13 year, $325 million contract back in 2014. He put on a show for the fans at Petco Park when he broke the record and smacked an incredible 61 home runs. If that was not impressive enough, 18 of 19 longest home runs belonged to Stanton.
However, as awesome as that performance was for Stanton, it was even more awesome for the fans. For Stanton's own Marlins though? Yeah, not so great. Especially for their pockets. In an effort to promote the Home Run Derby, the Marlins created a ridiculous promotion.
For each home run Stanton hit, fans would receive one percent off a future ticket. So, thanks to Stanton's performance the Marlins were supposed to offer 61% off ticket prices. Clearly they forgot what it looks like to watch Stanton take batting practice on a daily basis.
Well since sports is still a business, and the team clearly would have lost money on this, they had to reduce that offer to a certain extent. For the July 29th game against the Cardinals, fans can purchase up to nine tickets at the promised 61% off. However for any other future games that fans would like to purchase tickets for, fans will only receive up to 25% off.
To be fair, it could have much worse. The Marlins realized they were screwed and only backtracked partially. They also could have given fans 61% off some Wednesday day game against the Braves rather than a Friday night against the Cardinals. We don't credit Jeffrey Loria and David Sampson much, but this one seems okay.
Let this be a lesson to future teams. Don't be ridiculous and bet against your $300 million dollar man.
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