April 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; A general viewof the home run sculpture at left center field before the start of opening day game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Miami Marlins draw just under 15,000 fans to Marlins Park for game two

Apr 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; a detail shot of third base during opening night of a game between the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins had 34,439 fans show up for their home opener against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night. This was considerably less then the sell out for Opening Day last season, but the Marlins front office had to believe that some of the fans had become more forgiving and decided to give them another shot. They had hoped that the attraction of the stadium would draw crowds back to enjoy the stadium.

Tuesday night was a completely different story for the Marlins, as the team drew a putrid crowd of 14,222 fans in attendance. This marked a 58.7 percent drop in attendance from the opener to their second game. Maybe the Miami Heat playing a home game factored into the lack of attendance, but even that would not signify that huge of a drop in attendance from one game to the next.

This is a photo of the stadium, 10 minutes before first pitch that Kevin McAlpin of the Atlanta Braves Radio Network tweeted out. If you are a Loria supporter or Loria himself, viewer discretion is advised:

To be fair, a Miami sports facility being empty 10 minutes prior to the game starting is not that big of a deal, just ask the Miami Heat. Miami fans are notoriously known for being late. However, once the game got going, no one still showed up and the Marlins attendance suffered dearly.

I do not have the statistics in front of me, but I am willing to be that a 58.7 percent drop in attendance from one game to the next has to be near the top of the list in sports history.

- THE MARLINS FIRST BASE SITUATION IS QUITE LITERALLY A COMEDY SKETCH – Strip Club with Stanton

If you’d like to play first base for the Marlins, now might be your chance. With Casey Kotchman on the 15-day DL and Logan Morrison still out with a swollen vagina, the team might be forced to use a super platoon of Austin Kearns and Must Love Dobbs, which really isn’t much worse than any of the original options, I suppose

Jose Fernandez debut: Does Fernandez’s performance justify Marlins’ decision?- Fishstripes

Apr 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) looks on in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves during on opening night at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote an article yesterday praising the New York Mets for standing their ground and keeping top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler in the minors as the Marlins rush their elite prospect, Jose Fernandez.

Jose Fernandez debut: Analyzing Fernandez’s first start for the Marlins – Fishstripes

The Miami Marlins were hoping for a good debut for top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez in order to justify their decision to suddenly promote him to the majors before the start of the regular season. But the Marlins were maybe expecting the 20-year-old to simply hold his own or not embarrass himself with a decent start in his major league debut against the New York Mets.

Help Us, Barack Obama, You’re Our Only Hope – Marlins Diehards

Sure, the president has a flagging economy, belligerent North Korea, and other pressing issues to deal with, but that hasn’t stopped a Marlins fan from petitioning the Obama administration to do something about Jeffrey Loria.

Free the Marlins Park 5 or 6 – Marlins Diehards

Via the PBP, these dudes were ejected from Marlins Park last night, WE WONDER WHY????

It’s pretty adorable when they see Dave Hyde and get all excited, though.

- Protesting fans ejected from Marlins Park for ‘creating disturbance’ – Palm Beach Post

The Marlins lost their home opener tonight 2-0 in front of 34,439 – a happy and festive crowd that showed little animosity about the front office’s controversial off-season roster purge.

 

- Marlins fourth most expensive player is not human- USA Today

Yes, the Marlins home run statue costs more than 88 percent of the club’s roster — or about as much as five (!) Giancarlo Stantons.

- Cishek eager to atone for blown save – Sun-Sentinel

Steve Cishek sought out Jose Fernandez following Sunday’s loss in New York.

The Marlins closer expressed regret about the blown save that cost the 20-year-old rookie a well-deserved victory but also to offer praise for an impressive major league debut.

Marlins at odds with fans as second season at Marlins Park begins – Sun-Sentinel

For the first time since the Marlins began play in 1993, Jan and Bill Leon won’t be in the stands for the home opener.

The Plantation residents have a different reason than many others who are vowing to stay away from Monday night’s game against the Braves and beyond this season at Marlins Park.

Marlins’ official escorts reporter from clubhouse after he asks about attendance – SI

After a contentious offseason for the Miami Marlins, Yahoo! Sports writer Eric Adelson went to the team’s home opener on Monday. He spoke with fans who are still angry with owner Jeffery Loria after the team dumped salary by trading away some of its most-recognizable players.

 

Here at Marlin Maniac:

- Marlin Maniac’s Miami Marlins Player Of The Week -

I thought it would be a fun idea to do a player of the week from our Marlin Maniac site each week. I will give you guys a group of candidates each week, along with their statistics from the week. After I present all the numbers to you guys, I will have a poll for you  to vote for player of the week. We will leave the poll open until Thursday night and the player of the week will be named Friday morning.

Atlanta Braves @ Miami Marlins Series Preview: Justin, B.J., Or Kate Upton? -

Jeff and I chatted about everything from the hot start of the Braves starting lineup to which Upton he prefers: Justin, B.J., or Kate.

Marlins Home Opening Series Preview: Atlanta Braves @ Miami Marlins -

As many experts around baseball predicted the case to be, the Miami Marlins are sitting in the cellar of the competitive National League East. The team just concluded a six-game road trip to start the season. The Marlins got swept away by the Washington Nationals and dropped two to the New York Mets, both games in which the Marlins held a lead in the sixth or later.

- Miami Marlins: Besides That, Mrs. Lincoln, How Was The Show? -

The Marlins stink. This much was known throughout the long winter and during Spring Training, but was never as obvious as it has been the opening week of the season. In their three-game series against the Nationals to start the season, the Marlins came within a Justin Ruggiano solo shot of being shut out in 27 straight innings.

- Miami Marlins Blanked By Atlanta Braves In Home Opener, 2-0 -

Marlins Park opened its gates (and its roof) for the first time to watch Kevin Slowey and company face off against NL East rivals, the Atlanta Braves. In front of a reported 34,439 in attendance, Slowey lasted 7.0 innings, the longest start for a Marlin this season.

- Miami Marlins: There Is No Need To Freak Out About Giancarlo Stanton And Steve Cishek -

Not much has gone right for the Miami Marlins in the first week of the season. The team has started the season off losing six of their first seven games of the season. You can only point to a select few things that have gone right for the Marlins. Two of the things that have not gone the Marlins way are two players that were projected to be their best players headed into this season: Giancarlo Stanton and Steve Cishek.

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