Wednesday, June 23, 2010
"Any asshole can be a father". - Keanu Reeves, Parenthood (1989)
Apparently the same can be said for the owners of professional sports teams. Well, rich assholes anyway.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria canned Joe Girardiafter one season in Miami despite a great effort by the current Yankees skipper and defending WS champion manager. Next up, Fredi Gonzalez, another promising manager.
Gonzalez led the Marlins to two 80+ win seasons in his three full seasons and had the team two games under .500 after 70 contests this year. All this despite a payroll that is next to nill and fan attendance that's barely more than a little league game.
So of course Loria fired Gonzalez today. Perhaps Loria was catering to his unhappy star Hanley Ramirez, who has had run ins with Gonzalez or perhaps, and more likely, Loria is just another owner who doesn't understand the sport he uses as a tax write off.