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Marlins players, coaches not worried about negative feedback from fans on Opening Night

The roof will be open for Opening Night tonight at Marlins Park. 

How many fans actually come into the building to watch baseball remains to be seen. But Marlins players and coaches say they are not worried about any of that. They're job is simply to win games.

"We were wondering if we were going to get little Brazlilian girls bringing us out today," joked right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, obviously making a reference to last year's Opening Night when players were accompanied to the field by women wearing carnival outfits.

"[As for the fans] they're not going to be negative towards us. I don't know how many will be here. But I expect a positive reaction."

Unlike Ozzie Guillen who got a chance to manage few a games at Marlins Park in the preseason a year ago, skipper Mike Redmond will be managing his first game at Marlins Park tonight. He said his club is excited about making its home debut -- regardless of the negativity the franchise has faced since the dismantling of last year's club.

"I know it's tough," Redmond said. "All I can do is focus on the 25 guys in the clubhouse... I feel like we can get this back in the winning direction, the direction we're all use to and accustomed to. I just want them [the fans] to hang in there and watch the Stantons and these exciting young players -- the [Jose] Fernandezes."

MONDAY'S LINEUPS

> Braves (5-1): 1. B.J. Upton CF, 2. Jason Heyward RF, 3. Justin Upton LF, 4. Evan Gattis C, 5. Dan Uggla 2B, 6. Juan Francisco 3B, 7. Chris Johnson 1B, 8. Andrelton Simmons SS, 9. Paul Maholm LHP.

> Marlins (1-5): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Placido Polanco 3B, 3. Giancarlo Stnaton RF, 4. Greg Dobbs 1B, 5. Justin Ruggiano CF, 6. Rob Brantly C, 7. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 8. Donovan Solano 2B, 9. Kevin Slowey RHP.

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flagstafffishfan

Never had any ill will towards the athlete's on this team. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to have such clowns owning and running this team. These guys have to just smile and play nice around that narcissistic joke of any owner. We've all had to work with bosses like that I'm sure.

You know I wouldn't mind seeing Olivo play 1b tonight against a lefty, what do you have to lose right?

Camera Mike

If any players do read this please know there has never been any anger or animosity towards you guys in the least. While us fans do despise the owner, we have nothing but pride and admiration for you.

m krebs

Just watched the opening introductions. They blew horns and played loud music to try to cover up the fact that the crowd noise was barely above a whisper, but it was still like a mausoleum in there. Wish there was some way to let the players know we support them without lining Loria's pockets. Home games are going to be very boring this year.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Who has ever expressed any animosity or ill will towards the players or coaches??? On the other hand, if Loria were to dare to appear, I'd expect to hear the appropriate fan reaction.

Lou

Does anyone expect this team to score a lot of runs? If the answer is no, why in a scoreless game in the 4th with a runner on 3rd and one out and Uggla at the plate , why was the infield back, conceding the run? He just may be sillier than Manuel. We are moving to bottom of the 5th---1-0 Bravos.

Lou

Notice I said "silly" and did not utilize the "d" word or the other "s" word.

m krebs

Lou...We have noticed that you are both a gentleman and a scholar.

Lou

Gentlemen and Gentlewomen, I have a potential new advertiser for the Marlins. How about Cialis? The Marlins ooze ED. The commercial could have Samson and Loria in the seperate bathtubs and the voiceover could say something along the lines of---" There are some forms of ED out of our hands, such as the Marlins offense,however,we still STAND to SERVICE you when it comes to problems related to ED of a more common nature. We can't help the Marlins SCORE but you are a different matter.

Lou

Hey Redmond, The exciting players are Stanton(in batting practice), Fernandez and Yelich(in the minors), that is not a lot to hang your hat on.

Lou

And now they are about to see a real "closer" as we go to the bottom of the 9th. Anyone wish to do this again tomorrow? By the end of the season all wins against the Marlins will be signified with an asterisk. 7 games--3 shutouts, 1 run in 2 games, 3 runs in another and a veitable offensive explosion in the other. Would have been poetic justice for them to have been no-hit. Was Loria actually there. If I was Loria, I would be surrounded by 2 teams of Navy SEALS and a battalion of the 5th Infantry. I just hope he doesn't attend many games because people are nuts and we don't need any ugliness like occured in Texas.

Marlin Fan

Yet again , another wasted starting pitching performance . It must be disheartening for a pitcher to know , that if you give up 2 or more runs you're screwed. An impressive 2 hit performance . I have a feeling I can just cut and paste this for the rest of the year . I hope I'm wrong.

Lou

Well, that was actually a far more productive bottom of the 9th than I would have ever anticipated. Ruggiano's ball would have been in the upper deck in Cincy and Philly and Brantly had a nice AB. Should be interesting to see the "crowd" tomorrow. Someone should do a study on the economic impact on all the people around the stadium who actually saw this stadium as a way to supplement incomes. I keep wanting to say this is "sad" but "sad" should be reserved for a 4 year old dying of cancer. I have no idea what this is. Any help??

Cleveland Spider

I can't beleive how many fans I saw at the Marlins opener. I guess we get the team we deserve. Loria is laughing uncontrollably and fans are still putting money in his pockets. They are willing to pay major league dollars to watch a AAA team play. At least I watch my favorite AAA team from my couch.

The question now is how many games will the Marlins lose. Will they break the Detroit Tiger's record in 2003. They are 1-6. This is the worse team I have ever seen play in the major leagues.

7 down 155 to go

Excellent point brought up by Lou. Red concedes Braves 1st run. Starting to wonder if Red is awake,at times. For Marlins fans,game was a real yawner,baseball to sleep by.

Camera Mike

Good news fish fans, the Marlins are only on pace for 69 shut outs. Thankfully I know enough not to trust stats 7 games into a season. On the plus side tonight Slowey looked good again and Stanton stopped chasing pitches far out of the strike zone.

Lou

Dear Mike, No need to trust stats after 7 games,however, you can believe the overmatched swings taken against big league pitching. From the Marlins' inception until our move to South Carolina in 02 I may have missed 30 games and that was driving from Boca Raton. If i still lived there I would have absolutely NO interest in attending games. that decision would not be based upon any boycott or any other issue besides the sheer boredom being produced on the field. They have literally nothing and I mean nothing. Pierre and Ploanco would have had hard times finding work anywhere else. The SS is not ready, Stanton--even when he gets motivated--will just be pitched around. brantly is a good young hitter and Yelich will soon be here but besides that and Fernandez there is no plausible way any sane person living more than 15 miles away should waste his or her time. The only player I am disgusted with is Morrison who has done more to sidetrack a promising career than anyone I can remember. I still can't come up with a word--said earlier I will not use "sad"--to describe this entire situation.

Camera Mike

Lou, how about dismal?

Flagstafffishfan

Wow it's gonna be really boring the year. I can catch up on sleep during the games no doubt. Nice game by Slowey. I'd hate to be a starter on this team.

marcus

On any other team Slowey is a cy young contender

Lou

Mike, Dismal does quite capture it. We may need to invent a word. Wish I could have heard the Bobbysey Twins but we are restricted to Braves feed when they play the Marlins. is tomorrow "e-mail Tuesday?" They better have the Catholic Legion of Decency to handle the censorship.

If you guys(girls) could somehow ask Loria one question in person--and I'm trusting you not to cozy up just because you were in his presence---what would it be? I would ask him if all the success and wealth he has assembled can mitigate in anyway the knowledge of the abject hatred, disgust and any other descriptive emotion that so many feel for him?

Lou

By the way, "your" New Orleans Tripe A team lost 18-2 tonight.

Camera Mike

Lou, I probably wouldn't ask about the hatred towards him as he would just give a snarky response denying reality. I would ask about the front office and the state of the organization. I'd start by pointing out that in his letter to the fans he stated the off season moves were necessary due to the players on the roster not working out and the farm system having only a few prospects and being overall a weak system, and that a situation like that does not occur from one bad year but is the end result of multiple years of bad drafts and bad decisions. Given that he has fired more then one manager for failing to win in a timely enough manner, how come the front office responsibe for those years worth of bad decisions was not held to the same standard?

Like a question about his public perception I would still expect a snarky response denying reality but it would also put him in a position forcing him to defend his belief that the men who created the problem are best ones to solve it.

Stan M

This is incredibly hard to believe, but I read that many of his fellow owners actually like Loria.

I think I'm going to have trouble liking Chad Qualls. While warming up in the pen, he looks like Heath Bell. And when he gets in the game, he pitches like him, too.

georgeB

You're right it's hard to believe. Have read and heard many times the opposite is true. Tend to believe that, as having after been around Loria on several occasions. His personna does not lend to a man likable on first impression. Loria acts aloof, looks down and around and wont look people in the eye when talking to them.. He often acts as he is looking thru people and ignores people when waking right past them,with a distant gaze. Wouldnt trust him at all,after several occasions around him.

Sunny Dee

Cleveland - A lot of those tickets were given away on radio stations and many of them were sold at discounted rates on Groupon. Don't worry, attendence will plummet tonight and by next week will be around 10K.

On the positive side, the starting pitching is very good so far. This team might be competitive if it had a couple more bats in the lineup.

StayHomeDrinkBeerLaughAtThem

Samson had 2 kids kicked out before the game ,by the cops because he said their protest was causing a disturbance and when asked by the cops to show ID the kids said no. Oh well Samson doesnt care if anybody shows up anyway. Just more dooshbaggery by the Marlins,what else is new.

laurelbowie

Sorry, Lou, but looking for a single word to describe the Marlins and their plight is an exercise in futility. Nobody — not Lorine Niedecker, not Anton Chekhov, not the National Transportation Safety Board — can describe a train wreck in one word. Webster says pathetic means "miserably inadequate," and that's a good place to start.
Does anybody know whether Loria showed up at the game last night and what kind of reception he got? That's the only thing inquiring minds really want to know.

laurelbowie

Lou,
Of course, vomitous also works.

Camera Mike

LB, Loria was there but apparently was in his suite the entire time never showing his face. My guess is he didn't want to be the only owner to need private security when attending a home game in two cities.

Oscar Greenberg

I don't understand why all the criticism. The Marlins were supposed to be a bad team this season, and they are living up to its promise. Most of you who had them at 60-65 wins will probably get it right. If you took the under on 65 in Vegas, you will cash in real good, so be happy about it.
They were supposed to be swept by the Nats and were. They are supposed to be swept by the Braves and will be. The games against the Mets were supposed to be close and they were. Games against the Cubs, Pirates will be close. They will be swept most times in the Inter-League games. It is all going according to the script. The only thing not going according to the script is the fact that the starting rotation is the 3rd best in the NL and 4th in the Majors. But that also has an expiration date, probably starting tonight, since LeBlanc was hit real hard last season (5 games, 2 starts, 8.49 ERA against the Braves). The Uptons will probably make LeBlanc's outing a quick one.

People should be really upset if this team were supposed to be good but were playing badly instead (which was the exact case of the 2012 team).

m krebs

Good one, Oscar. That's a funny routine.

flagstafffishfan

Just read the article in the Miami New Times about fans that were protesting getting thrown out of the park. Samson just flat out lied when asked about it and basically blamed it on the police.

http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/04/lifelong_marlins_fans_tossed_f.php

Cleveland Spider

My hat is off to Armando Salguero for his article on "You can't trust Loria". We should be proud of a columnist that comes out and unmasks Loria. I felt like is looking out for us (the fans). That article truly describes how most of us feel about the Marlins. I hope that Bud Seling is reading and taking notice. Loria is an embarrassment to baseball.

Kudos Armando!

John Talarico

Why would anyone from Broward and PAlm Beach make that trek down to that stadium although it beautiful, to see that inferior product. Absolutely the worst hitting lineup I've ever seen.spend your money on more entertaining things. This owner deserves the meager support he is about to get.

Stan M

This is very hard to write because I have always loved and admired Pierre. Also he made 2 catches that no one else on this team would have caught. Nonetheless, it's time to give Coghlan a few games in LF to see that he can do. As with what most of you have posted, I can't fault the players for this start. If anything, they are playing harder than last year...with one exception...the guy who is supposed to be our best player.
I thought the bullpen would be better than last year. It looks like my rose colored glasses have fogged up.

StayHomeDrinkBeerLaughAtThem

over/under for tonites game 10K ,15K or 20K

Sunny Dee

The Heat have a home game tonight as well. I'm predicting slightly less than 15K show up for tonight's game. Tomorrow, coming off of another loss, it will be around 10K. Over the weekend attendence will pick up - over 15K, but by next week it will be under 10K. Then Loria will use the lack of fan support to unload Nolasco for prospects. Fernandez will be heavily promoted and it wouldn't surprise me if they lift his pitch count and run him into the ground.

StayHomeDrinkBeerLaughAtThem

Run him into the ground? Even money on TJ surgery within 2 yrs time a la Strasburg and J.J and A.J Burnett and the list goes on and on.....

Carlos Fernandez Blanco

...Give 'em Circus! and other teams' owners fall in step with our local " capitalist ".
Let's wish the " rookie-manager " stops rationalizing " unfinished-products ", because our city is baseball savvy!

Lou

Stan, I admire you and Laurel and yet I don't want you playing on a Major League roster. We are told constantly by players who are about to go to another city that this is a "business", well that cuts both ways. If we see it as a business, we should have no compunction in waving goodbye to a player who has no tangible skills. Pierre would not be claimed by another team in baseball.

I agree with the blogger who sees no reason to drive down there for a game. If I had a young child who didn't no any better, I would ask him if he wanted to go to a Major League Baseball game. He would believe what he was witnessing was MLB and he would undoubtedly enjoy it. I would have to explain that usually a team is a threat to score at least one run.

Was talking to Laurel(he actually has a great real name) today and he made a great point. When you are managing you must not believe that your team will not score--thus Redmond playing the infield back on Uggla--however, this may be a totally different situation and maybe you must play the game as if you will need to pitch a shutout to see extra innings. We are in new territory with this team. There may have never been anything like it in last 70 years. Even the 2003 Tigers had some pop and the 62 Mets had some aging,however, previously sound major leaguers. The Marlins have Stanton, Brantly and Fernandez. there is no other player on this roster who anyone would pay money to see. I love Yelich and Ozuna, but they are still disabled and I have absolutely no doubt that Morrison somehow finds a way to get hurt. He is the guy who drives a motorcycle at 90 and views it as an infringement that he would be required to wear a helmet even though his fellow taxpayers would be required to clean up the carnage. While talking to Laurel I came up with the idea that the word to describe this team might need to come from a Biblical reference. I came up with "moribund" today but that is not good enough. I can't even imagine this team against a true power pitcher. I would love to see Darvish, Cain, one of the Dodger pitchers, King Felix and Verlander have the opportunity to pitch 10 games each against them. UGLY!!!!!

7 down 155 to go

In the Marlins Notebook section written by Manny today,Red said he didnt walk Byrd in Sundays game because he thought Byrd was more likely to hit a groundball more than Cowgill and Cowgill runs better and lefty Murphy was up after Cowgill.Red even stated the Shrek is a ground ball guy. What? Bad percentage baseball. Credit Manny for asking.No credit for answer from Red.Next Manny,ask Red why he conceded the Braves their 1st run last nite,with his anemic offense.

Oscar Greenberg

Lou, you don't need to wait for a power pitcher. Just watch Medlen pick them apart tomorrow, just like last season.

7 down 155 to go

Wont have to wait till tomorrow. Medlen vs LeBlanc tonite. Minor vs Sanabia tomorrow

Oscar Greenberg

The Braves OWN LeBlanc. It should be fun.

Lou

Pick a record at the end of April.

Oscar Greenberg

7 - 20 for April.

Flav C.

Lou,

Considering the strength of their schedule, 8 W - 19 L.

spitballer

Selling designer grocery bags outside of the stadium may net someone a few bucks this year.

Lou

I'm going 5-22. In 7 games the Marlins have scored have scored 14 runs. In 7 games Miguel Cabrera has driven in 10 runs. Of course if you remove the aberration where the Cod scored 7 runs in 1 game, Cabrera would have driven in more than the Fish.

Sorry i mention Cabrera once in awhile,however, it does stand a good chance of being the second worst trade in any sport. I'm including basketball, football and hockey. Obviously nothing will ever take the place of Ruth for the 100,000 production money.

Carlos Fernandez Blanco

....Who said " Billy Martin "?.

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