The two men who perhaps benefitted most, politically, from the mostly publicly financed Miami Marlins ballpark -- Carlos Gimenez and Tomás Regalado -- had quite a few choice words for the team in a profile of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria published by Sports Illustrated.
In Miami Herald alum S.L. Price's story, (finally) posted online here, Regalado has this to say about the ballclub: "The residents of Miami were raped. Completely."
As city commissioner, Regalado was in the minority opposing the ballpark deal. He is now the city's mayor.
Gimenez, for his part, stubbornly opposed the deal as county commissioner and is now Miami-Dade mayor. "For me, it's the gift that keeps on giving," Gimenez told SI about the Marlins. (Though he also told The New York Times that the Marlins' deal as "poisoned the well" for the Miami Dolphins, for example, who want some public dollars to renovate Sun Life Stadium.)
"They're looked at as carpetbaggers," Gimenez also told SI of the Marlins. "These guys aren't from here. That's not to say that you have to be from here, but they're just tone-deaf. Everything they do backfires on them."