Wow, just when you think the Marlins can't look any worse, they take a big old swan dive into public relations muck.
The team has been hammered in the past week over revelations in leaked documents that show they were pocketing a profit (due mostly to revenue-sharing) while crying poverty and wringing nearly $500 out of the public to build their new ballpark. On Friday Yahoo.com's Jeff Passan laid out a blistering, well-documented account of how the Marlins have misled everyone, and others have done similar analysis of the leaked reports.
On Saturday, the Marlins issued a statement to fans through their official website criticizing the media for misleading people about what's in the reports.
“While it is impossible to respond individually to all the misleading information and rumors contained in media reports related to your Marlins, the recent reports about the team’s financial statements are so misleading that the record needs to be set straight,” the statement starts. “Financial statements of the team were recently released and have been widely misunderstood and inappropriately analyzed."
Great, set it straight. Show people exactly where the stories are in error. Give us a line-by-line rebuttal. It's not "impossible individually" -- pick one and tell fans where they got it wrong. But the statement contains no specific information, just vague references about income and a tone of "it's complicated, and you wouldn't understand."
The best segment is this one: "We would much rather have you debate the merits of our team on the field, root for wins, bemoan losses and analyze on-field strategies."
Yeah, right about now I'll bet you would.
-- David Andriesen
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