On Friday, the Marlins announced that Dolphin Stadium will now be known as LandShark Stadium. This comes off of the Marlins business relationship with singer Jimmy Buffet, who owns a brand of beer call LandShark Lager.
"To the Marlins fans (author's note: because there is so many of them), this move is seamless," Samson told MLB.com. "To Marlins fans, this won't matter. I admire Stephen Ross. He's an intelligent businessman. He's trying to create a great atmosphere at Dolphins games, which is exactly what we try to create at Marlins games."
The article also says that after the 2010 baseball season, the lease is up. So obviously this is a way to get money into the stadium. Because, lets be honest, no one really shows up for baseball in Florida.
And, really, why would they? Have you ever been to Florida? It is easily one thousand degrees in the sun. No wonder Tampa Bay has a dome (that actually doesn't help with the fans showing up).
I'm sorry, but I don't think it's too much to ask that when you go see a baseball game you don't have to worry about a heatstroke death.
It's another way for the front office to beef up the total revenue made. Why else would you trade away a championship team?
The Marlins seem more interested in being one of those that will do absolutely anything to avoid paying guys huge dollars to keep them (outside of Hanley Ramirez). So, Marlins fans, enjoy Josh Johnson while you've got him.