Report: Jeter group buying Marlins could remove home-run sculpture from ballpark
Everyone's favorite home run machine could be going bye-bye
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Jeter and crew might remove the sculpture-slash-home-run-machine out in left-center field:
One thing someone connected to the Jeter group has suggested will likely go: the home run sculpture in left-center field that was designed by artist Red Grooms and has been the subject of controversy.
On the one paw, the group's distaste of the sculpture makes sense. It's kitschy and as representative of the Loria era as anything. On the other, it's a fun gimmick that provides Marlins Park with its only tinge of character. If the Marlins had a better record in recent years, the sculpture would be held up as a quirky feature rather than a disgraceful bug.
Assuming Jeter and crew do go forward with their reported plan, the real question is what are they going to do with that thing? Stuff it in a storage area? Donate it to a museum? Sell it at a flea market? Perhaps the logistical nightmare of doing, well, anything with the sculpture will ultimately lead to a change of heart.
Better enjoy the dinger machine while it's there, though, just in case.