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Marlins sind ein Jahr zu spät dran und versuchen, aus der World Classic Kapital zu schlagen

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The World Baseball Classic 2023 was fantastic. I watched the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at a bar in Los Angeles and noticed that most people there had gathered to watch Mexico play against Puerto Rico. The energy in the room was captivating, especially with the buzz at Loan Depot Park in Miami. Such excitement around a baseball game hadn’t been seen since the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016.

Before that day, the only music I knew at baseball games was organs and jingles, and Charlie Sheen walking out of the bullpen playing „Wild Thing“ in Major League. But at the Classic, people were in the stands having a real party, playing instruments throughout the game. It was great, and sports fans took notice. Five million people tuned in to watch the championship game between the USA and Japan.

With the best moments of the tournament happening at the Miami Marlins‘ home stadium, it would make sense for them to capitalize on the good vibes. The team announced on Thursday that they would allow fans to bring flags and instruments to the baseball stadium, exactly one year after the start of the World Baseball Classic 2023.

The Marlins always find a way to let the momentum fade instead of trying to keep it going. I had a blast at the bar that day, but I haven’t thought much about the World Baseball Classic since seeing @jasminelwatkins‘ post about Shohei Ohtani securing the win for Japan by striking out Mike Trout, with an image of Wesley Snipes killing G-Money in New Jack City.

The Marlins constantly score own-goals when it comes to being South Florida’s baseball team. They had a good team last year, making the playoffs for the first time since their World Series championship in 2003—without the 60-game season where 16 teams qualified.

However, as a franchise founded in 1993 and somehow winning two World Series, they still lack substantial fan support. Success landed on the Marlins‘ doorstep after years of turbulent franchise history. Despite their victories, their colorful uniforms were never too flashy. The Marlins should be one of the most popular teams in the league, or at least beloved in their home market.

Unfortunately, the franchise has once again missed the mark. After the WBC, there should have been social media posts and billboards across South Florida encouraging people to bring their drums, horns, vuvuzelas, and everything else to the baseball stadium in 2023—except pots and pans because you can no longer trust people with blunt objects in 2024.

Once again, the Marlins are being the Marlins. At least this time, they are trying to correct a misstep instead of selling out what last worked for parts.

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