Swipe Files: Miami’s Blue Period

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About half a block from Marlins Park, a hunchbacked stadium in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, a scalper named Shorty spoke in a stage whisper. “Need a single?” he asked. I did. “Give me 10 bucks,” Shorty said, cupping a crumpled ticket in his hand.

Under normal circumstances, a scalper has the advantage in these encounters. Shorty would have massaged the market for that night’s Mets-Marlins game before I even showed up. But I knew all about the Marlins. I knew they had the worst record in baseball. I knew Marlins Park had become an ocean of empty blue seats. I knew Giancarlo ( Mike) Stanton, the only superstar left after the Marlins’ clearance sales, had strained his right hamstring the night before and was out for weeks. Stanton was being replaced in the lineup by a guy named Marcell Ozuna, who jumped straight from Double-A. Ten bucks?

Full article at Grantland here

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