Before the first "soft opener" at Marlins Park, team president David Samson said there were some kinks to be worked out at Miami's new ballpark, such as long concessions lines and ground rules.
Before the second, he had a bigger problem. Speaking before a Beacon Council breakfast meeting Tuesday, Samson had highly critical comments about Miami's citizens and local politicians, according to a local business magazine.
"I don't have to hold back now that the stadium is built -- not that I ever have," Samson said while addressing a group of about 75, according to Miami Today.
Some of the most pointed quotes:
On Miamians: "We're not the smartest people in Miami. If you're in this room, you're instantly in the top 1%.
If the Marlins were to move to Las Vegas, Mr. Samson said, he suggested the casinos there buy out game tickets in advance so nobody would be drawn away from the casinos.
"We don't care if nobody comes," Mr. Samson recalled with a smile. "We'll play in front of nobody, and we'll have all the money."
Responding to a question from the audience, Mr. Samson said ballplayers should not be held up as role models, and parents should not have unrealistic expectations for their boys someday becoming Major Leaguers.
"To parents, I would say "Your son is very cute, but he will never be a Major League Baseball player," Mr. Samson said. "Every Major League player was the best player on every team he was ever on — by far. And that's every Major League player."