GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria says he hasn't seen negative reaction to the slashing of the team's payroll, other than a few crazy phone calls.
From Joe Capozzi's piece:
- Loria said he has heard very little negative reaction lately. He said he attended a food and wine festival on Saturday and was "probably approached by 20 or 30 people all of whom congratulated me and said, 'You had to do what you did.' To a person." Negative feedback? "I haven't seen anything. I got a few silly phone calls. That was in November. It stopped. I'm hoping maybe we can just call a halt to it all and try and get behind the home team this next year."
Really, it's a brilliant mindset, and got me to thinking that maybe other noted sports figures should consider the same:
Scott Norwood: "I DIDN'T see the ball go wide right. Bills win!"
Chris Webber: "Timeout? Who called a timeout? Not me."
Ron Washington: "I DIDN'T see Nelson Cruz miss David Freese's fly ball. Man, the champagne was sweet!"
Bill Buckner: "What do you mean 'Ground ball between my legs'? I didn't see that. A few crazy people say something about that, but that was back in October. I was probably approached by 20 or 30 people all of whom congratulated me on the play."
Loria, beyond demonstrating that he lives in some other universe, made some news in saying that he doesn't see the Marlins offering Giancarlo Stanton a deal anytime during the course of this season.
Now, before we examine the strategy behind this, let's leave room for the possibility that there's been a lot more movement behind the scenes than Loria (or Stanton, for that matter) really cares to acknowledge. It's always possible that overtures on a new deal have been made, with general parameters outlined, but the conversation wasn't embraced -- a conversation uncomfortable for the Marlins, who wouldn't want to be rebuffed, and for Stanton, who wouldn't want to embarrass the team by saying no. They might have all moved on dedicated to pretending the conversation never happened, like a homely dude who gets turned down when he asks the prom queen for a date; neither the dude nor the girl would want anybody else to know about such a proposal.