As Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes, the Marlins opted for "super premium" ticket prices (i.e., more expensive than usual) for Thursday's Grapefruit League tilt against the Red Sox. After all, it's Florida, home to a large Red Sox-fan diaspora, and the Sox are of course the reigning champs. Well, according to Rodriguez, the Marlins are a bit unhappy with the lineup trotted out by Boston. Have a look ...
Yeah, not exactly "super premium" stuff right there. As Rodriguez notes, the most prominent member of the last year's championship squad to play in this was game was Jarrod Saltalamacchia ... of the Marlins. More from Rodriguez:
The Marlins had no comment, but a source said team executives were "outraged" and planned to contact the league office. A league spokesperson said tthe matter would be reviewed.
Major League Baseball has specific guidelines about Grapefruit and Cactus League lineups. Its 2014 regulations state teams should field: "A minimum of four players who are regulars on the previous year's major league team or who were platooned on the previous year's major league team on a regular basis, or who have a reasonable chance to be regulars on the major league club's squad during the upcoming season. Each of those regulars, excluding pitchers, must play a minimum of three complete innings."
Best of all: The game ended in a scoreless tie!
In a technical sense, the Marlins have a beef, as just Jackie Bradley and Ryan Lavarnaway have any MLB experience at all. With that said, the Marlins under Jeffrey Loria don't exactly cut a sympathetic figure when it comes to matters of giving fans value on the dollar.