But they have already drawn the three smallest crowds in Marlins Park history, with a franchise-low 6,150 showing up for Wednesday's game against the Mets. But it's their next series that has CEO Derek Jeter atypically off his game.
Jeter told reporters he would not attend the series between the Marlins and Yankees at Yankee Stadium because it would be an "awkward situation". "We're on pace after the second homestand to have our turnstile numbers higher this year than they were last year". "I went to the Spring Training game when we played New York", Derek Jeter said.
With the Marlins at Yankee Stadium on Monday, guess who was sitting right behind home plate?
Jeter, who has always been economical with his words, was rather matter of fact when addressing his possible attendance.
"I think that's the one thing you never know", said Mattingly, a career.307 hitter while wearing the pinstripes from 1982-95. Anybody that comes to NY - I've seen a lot of guys come into NY from other organizations while I played here, it's just a different place. Not that Jeter hasn't already answered every possible question about the trade or his role in orchestrating the latest Marlins firesale, but this time he'd be facing the relentless NY media on its home turf. Many games had a noticeably lower number of fans in the stands than the official attendance reported.
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After feeling slighted by his favorite team, Marlins Man has chose to go all-in against the new ownership group of the Miami Marlins. "Our focus will continue to be increasing the turnstile numbers here at Marlins Park".
"Our number one priority is how we can increase the attendance in this market", Jeter said.
"We're going to report tickets sold as our paid attendance", he said. So, I might as well get out in front of it and say, I'm not going. We're not happy with it. This weekend's series with the Pirates could be another series of low attendance numbers. "Winning more games is part of it. We've tied or had the lead in 10 of the 12 games", he said. I've heard people say, 'Miami is a tough sports town.' I think that's every sports town. So you gotta go out and prove yourself on the field. "We have some exciting young players and hopefully we can get on a little streak starting tonight".
The potential awkwardness would certainly revolve around having to answer another avalanche of questions regarding his decision to trade Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees over the winter. He praised Jeter for being clear and confident about what he intends to do long term, although most of the manager's direct communication is with the team's general manager, Mike Hill.
"It's still early. We've played 12 games".