The Miami Marlins may have shed a ton of payroll during the winter, but they aren’t desperate for money. The team reportedly rejected a $200,000 check from Marlins Man, who was trying to renew his season tickets behind home plate, according to Andy Slater of Slaterscoops.com.
Marlins Man, whose real name is Laurence Leavy, told Slater he sent the team a check for $200,000 for season tickets. He even sent Slater a picture of the letter and the check he sent to the Marlins.
While the team rejected the deal, there’s a catch. Leavy wanted to put a downpayment on multiple seasons. That $200,000 was meant to cover four season tickets behind the backstop for 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Slater notes that the team sent Leavy two counter offers, and that the Marlins were “willing to negotiate.” Leavy turned down those deals.
The exchange continued the rising feud between Leavy and the Marlins new ownership group. In December, Leavy appeared at a season ticket holder meeting and spoke with Derek Jeter. It was … interesting.
There’s a lot we don’t know about the situation, so it seems foolish to take sides. We don’t know what offer the Marlins countered with, and we don’t know if this type of deal is something the team does regularly. We also have no idea if it’s normal for a super fan to send in a letter like this, making specific requests for seats and length of contract.
What we do know, however, is that this feud has already produced some excellent quotes.
“I wish the Marlins much success,” Leavy says. “I look forward to becoming a Diamond Club member again when they have a winning product, if that happens in my lifetime.”
“I’m disappointed they didn’t take almost a quarter-million dollars for empty seats,” Leavy says.
Whether you love or hate Leavy, he has become a face people associate with the Marlins. His absence, combined with the losses of Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, seems to indicate this is a new era for the team … not just on the field, but off it as well.
Given Leavy’s dedication to showing up in front row seats at sporting events, we imagine he’ll find a way to appear in the stands in 2018.
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