You may not like Keith Olbermann’s politics or attitude (that’s me, sometimes), but I think he’s dead-on here: trading Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers in the Marlins’ first season in a new stadium in Miami is the death knell for big-league baseball in Florida — the Rays will never get a stadium now and will have to leave to make some semblance of money.
The state loves having spring training but can’t sustain a major league team. And the worst part is that Jeffrey Loria, one of the most loathsome people in pro sports (remember les Expos, fucker!) not only got to slink his way out of Montreal, he was allowed to own a team again and hoodwink the Miami-Dade public officials into a $400 million taxpayer swindle of a stadium that comes without easy access via mass transit or decent parking (by either car or boat! when one could only imagine how many schools that money could have renovated or built.
That swindle cost a mayor his job in a recall election and were I a Marlins fan, I would want the rest of the public officials who signed off on it held to serious account by either criminal or independent civil investigations.
The only joy I get out of this is laughing at Jose Reyes, who languishes in Miami while David Wright is playing much better ball in Citi Field these days.