Fantom05 Posted July 8, 2005 Share Posted July 8, 2005 I have been a Marlins fan since day one, and have seen the team through its many trials and tribulations. However, one major problem I have had lo these past twelve years is that no one truly takes the Marlins seriously. Even when I lived in Florida, support for the fish has always been lukewarm at best, despite two great years which need not be named. I now live in New York, so I get bombarded with Yankees and Mets propaganda on a regular basis. Now I am not sure if it is just my experiences, but whenever I tell someone I am a Marlins fan, I usually get a snicker or two while the person rolls their eyes. This always has frustrated me, but has been bothering me more and more recently. Not only were we champs two years ago, but also have been playoff contenders for a few years now. Yet despite all the superstar talent that has come out of the organization, and despite our growth and success, we are still regarded in most people's minds as a throwaway team. If you don't believe me, take a look at some MLB columnists articles, or tune into ESPN; no matter how we perform, the most we usually recieve is a quick box score a VERY brief game synopsis. No highlights, no interviews, nothing. My question to everyone is this: what else do we need to do to be respected as a legitimate organization? My belief for a while has been that the team hasn't had someone who could be "The Face of the Marlins"; I thought Pudge would be perfect, but he was traded. I think Dontrelle has the potential, but it is still too early to tell (and that's if our Front Office doesn't try to cash in on his success). Twelve years, two championships; one with an incredibly suspenseful Game 7, another with our lowly bunch of misfits defeating the Evil Empire. But STILL not taken seriously in the baseball community. What more do we have to do? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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