Despite being an expansion team that was created in 1993, the Florida Marlins have won two World Series championships (1997, 2003).
And yet, despite wining two World Series championships, the Flor-, I mean, the Miami Marlins can't seem to get people to come to their games.
Heck, even in 2003, they finished 28th in attendance. The year they won the World Series, they couldn't even get 1.5 million people to come to their games!
Of course, it doesn't help that their owner, Jeffrey Loria - an even worse owner than Peter Angelos, in my opinion - has spent less than $50 million in eight of the past 10 seasons, including an incredibly low $14,998,500 in 2006 (and yet, is somehow to jump more than $30 million in payroll from last season to this upcoming season).
He has also cheated both the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County in terms of their new stadium (the team has spent $155 million on construction; however, counting not only construction, but debts, the total cost comes to over $2.4 billion). Then again, he did screw Montreal before purchasing the Marlins...
At the same time, as I've said with the Rays, do enough people in Florida really care about baseball?
Perhaps now that Loria is actually spending, acquiring guys like Jose Reyes, Carlos Zambrano, Mark Buehrle, and with the addition of Marlins stars like Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson, combined with the new stadium, maybe people will actually go.
But then again, if it doesn't work, maybe Loria can find a way to screw yet another city and move elsewhere.