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The Giveaway: Jeffrey Loria Plush Toy
The most reviled owner in baseball, Jeffrey Loria, actually made some sense in his first comments of the spring (via ESPN):
We had to turn back the clock for the moment and push the restart button, and get these young players in here and get them together and look where we are in another year or so. We didn't break up the 1927 Yankees. We broke up a losing ballclub that was going nowhere.
While he's correct in his assertion that the 2012 Marlins were a losing club and by no means being mistaken for the 1927 Yankees, that does little to appease an angry fanbase that is left with Giancarlo Stanton and not much else to cheer for during the 2013 season.
Well, according to Loria, that angry fanbase doesn't really exist, as the Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post explains:
Loria said he has heard very little negative reaction lately. He said he attended a food and win festical on Saturday and was “probably approached by 20 or 30 people all of whom congratulated me and said, ‘You had to do what you did.’ To a person.”
You'll excuse me if I have a hard time believing that Marlins fans are congratulating him.
This is a fanbase that is frustrated and would love nothing more than for Loria to sell the team, something he says he isn't interested in doing.
Marlins fans need a way to let out the anger and rage brewing inside of them.
What better way than the Jeffery Loria plush toy?
Want to stick the Loria doll with pins like a voodoo doll? Go right ahead.
Feel like smashing him with a hammer? Be our guest.
Set the doll ablaze? Run it over with your car?
The avenues for fans to unleash that pent-up frustration on a Loria doll are limitless—and harmless to everything but Loria's ego.