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When the commissioner of Major League Baseball Rob Manfred solidified there would be no fans present for the opening of the season, it raised questions on how each player would deal with the news.
Professional journeyman and so-so bat for hire, Logan Morrison was asked about playing with no fans.
“For me, it’s not going to be that difficult. I played for the Rays and the Marlins,” he quipped.
Logan Morrison, when asked about playing with no fans in stands: "For me, it's not going to be that difficult. I played for the Rays and the Marlins."— Tom (@Haudricourt) July 13, 2020
That is hysterical.
The Marlins finished the 2019 season with an average home attendance just north of 10,000. The Rays came in at just south of 15,000. This is abysmal. Also funny.
For anyone that’s been to a game in a small market, fans come in for one reason and one reason only: To cheer for the squad in the away dugout.
Morrison is as qualified as any player to share his experience with two small market teams compared to what he experienced elsewhere with the Phillies, Brewers, and Twins. He knew his comments would ruffle a few feathers, but considering how upset people get these days over nothing, a joke like this upsets all the right people.
Standing in line to watch 100-loss baseball feels like you’re waiting for a vasectomy and you’re kidding yourself if you want fans to show their faces to games absent of results on the field. Keep in mind that Yankee Stadium is named after the Yankees out of choice, while Marlins Park keeps its name over a lack of sponsorship.
This is the perfect joke because Logan Morrison is old enough to remember the ‘97 World Series Marlins that filled out a stadium of 67,500 people.
The past of the Marlins and Rays shows if they start winning, the fans will follow. He understands he can only get back at the Marlins and Rays for their lack of commitment to payroll and winning by turning them into a punchline.
For now? The two teams stink and his joke is valid. Have a laugh. If not, blame cheap ownership for not turning these two dumpster fires around faster.