“There is no such thing as Marlin fans!” “How can anybody cheer for such a bad team?” “The Marlins will never have a winning record!” “They can barely get a 1000 people to a game!” “The fans only come out when they’re winning, which is never!” “The Marlins are the worst team in baseball and have the worst fan base in all of sports!” “The Marlins don’t care about their fans!” “The Marlins have traded their entire fan base to (team of choice)!” I’ve heard it all. On Twitter, Facebook, ESPN, the radio, other websites, in person, etc. how the Marlins don’t have real fans. Well according to MLB Fan Cave’s Top 52 Finalists there is at least one Marlins Fanatic. His name is Andres Salgado. Why does that name sound familiar… (scratching head)…. Oh yeah, that’s me!
April 4, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Fans crowd the escalator before the start of opening day game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Yes on this site I go by Andy Salgado, but my given name is Andres Salgado. I found out that I was one of the finalists for the MLB Fan Cave on January 31, 2013 around 11:00 am. I was coming back from talking with my boss about work and decided to give Twitter a look. #MLBFC had countless people congratulating the Top 52. When I looked at the site to see who the finalists were, I saw a Miami Marlins’ logo. Above that logo I saw “Home Town: Orlando, FL Andres Salgado” and my video next to it.
I flipped! I flipped so hard that I banged my knee against my desk causing me to limp the rest on the day. I was thrilled that I was chosen to be in the Top 52. What’s really exciting is that I’m the fan that will be representing The Miami Marlins! Look, I’ve heard it all before on how bad we are and how the fans are awful, but I don’t believe any of that! I go into every season believing that the Marlins are going to win the World Series. Why would I want to enter a season thinking we are going to lose everything? That’s not what a fan should do. I know the Marlins are going to lose some games; no team will ever go 162-0 (I think by 102-0 the manager will start resting his players.) So yes, I get upset when they lose but then I move on to the next game. The Marlins do have hardcore fans. We might not agree with a lot of things that happen business wise, but we stay with our team. Yes there are bandwagon fans, but that is the case with every team. The true die hard fans have been with the Fish for a long time. MLB Fan Cave needs a Fish Fan on its show!
So why does MLB Fan Cave need a Marlins Fan on the show? One word…History! The Marlins have been around for 20 years and for baseball that’s pretty young. We have 2 World Series, 4 no hitters, 2 manager of year awards, 1 All-Star MVP, 5 Lou Brock Awards, 7 H&B Silver Slugger Awards, 7 Gold Gloves, 3 NL Rookie of the Years, 24 All Stars, and not to mention countless MLB and NL records. That is pretty impressive for a team that has only played 18 ½ years of baseball (half because of the 1994 strike.) Season 20 there is no telling what the Marlins can do. Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton can be going for HR 74 this season, Steven R. Cishek could make a run at the single season save record, Ricky Nolasco could pitch the first perfect game in Marlins history, someone can finally hit a cycle! Who knows what the Marlins can do this year. None of the experts think they’re going to do anything (but we like being the underdog), but the Marlins always find a way to surprise them. In the end, don’t you want to watch a true Marlins Fan on the MLB Fan Cave to see all his emotions as he witnesses the ups and downs the Fish go through every year.
So when you go to MLB Fan Cave and place your vote just remember that the lone Marlins fan on there that will gladly represent your Miami Marlins with pride; because in the end he is representing all the die heart Marlins fan out there. He is YOUR Marlins Fan. Vote Andres Salgado for the MLB Fan Cave. Thank you!