After the announcement of the renaming of the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins, I can’t help but feel a bit alienated.
The Florida Marlins have always played in Miami-Dade County, but near the county line. Over the last decade, the embracing of the Latin-inspired Miami culture has been apparent.
Don’t ridicule me—I may be a gringo, but I’m all about juevos rancheros and salsa dancing.
By renaming the Marlins, the franchise is sending out a message to Broward and Palm Beach County fans.
We’re not as important. We don’t have a culture they can latch onto and identify themselves with. We don’t have a spinoff of CSI named after us. We don’t have a “Vice.”
South Florida fans are bandwagon fans anyway—the Marlins can barely fill Dolphin Stadium, save seasons ’97 and ’03. The last thing they need to do is piss off the ones who are still left.
But with this renaming, a new culture must be born.
And so I give you the Top 10 New Traditions of the Miami Marlins.