Who's more important? Joe DiMaggio or George Brett? Because that's what it comes down to in the retiring and unretiring by the Marlins of No. 5, a uniform number they have allowed no player to wear until now.
The Marlins retired the number to honor Carl Barger, their first president, who died before the team's first season in 1993. Then owner Wayne Huizenga had the number retired because it was once worn by DiMaggio, Barger's favorite player.
But when Morrison asked recently to wear the number to honor his late father, who was a George Brett fan, the Marlins obliged. Until now, Morrison had been wearing 20. The Marlins will allow Morrison to wear Brett's "5" but place a plaque in their new ballpark to honor Barger.
The decision is not sitting well with the Barger family, which said it was never contacted by the Marlins to discuss the change.
"My family and I are disappointed that that is the decision," said Betzi Barger, a daughter of Carl Barger. "We weren't informed of it. We were not contacted by anyone in the Marlins' organization. I would have liked to discuss it with the family. He was certaintly dedicated to that organization."