Miami Marlins President David Samson Promises Success...And Bikini Babes
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Just when we thought there'd be no more questionable quotes to come out of the Miami Marlins organization, president David Samson came up to bat.
General Manager Ozzie Guillen is making his return from suspension after making pro-Castro comments, infuriating the strong Cuban-American fanbase located in Miami.
Guillen apologized for his comments, served his time and is back in the dugout for Tuesday's contest versus the Cubs.
But off the field, another member of Marlins management had an interesting choice of words for the media.
Monday night featured many pitches getting whacked, only for them to die in the outfield.
"We're not worried about the dimensions," Samson said, according to CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler. "We're still learning this ballpark, and so are our fans and players."
And there's nothing wrong with that. A new stadium takes a while to get used to, even for its own tenants. Besides, if the walls are in fact too far back, it isn't out of the question for them to be moved up a few years down the road, a la Citi Field.
But then Samson decided to continue talking for God knows what reason:
"I want home runs hitting people in bikinis. That's my No. 1 marketing plan. You know how they have people in San Francisco chasing home runs in kayaks? We'll have people snorkel to the ball surrounded by bikini-clad women. If that's not Miami..."
Look, I love girls in bathing suits as much as the next guy, and yeah, sex sells. But the comments come off more sexist than they do...whatever Samson's intended goal was.
If this was some zany scheme to promote the fact that there's a pool in the stadium, there's a better way to do that. Like saying you have a pool in the stadium.
What do you think of Samson's comments?
Maybe I'm looking too much into this, but I would figure a team that was just in hot water over comments a staff member made would be more careful in watching what they say.
Of course, Samson's comments aren't on the same level as Guillen's were, but the point still stands.
I fail to see what this accomplishes. Maybe you've convinced, at most, four people to buy a ticket hoping to swim with beautiful women and grab a home run.
Meanwhile, I'm left scratching my head. I'm sure a bunch of guys fighting over a ball in a swimming pool isn't the most appealing thing to "bikini-clad women."
I'm also sure being called "bikini-clad" isn't too high up on the list either.
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