Where’s Groupon when you really need it?
At this point, the half-off website could just sponsor the Miami Marlins, who are in desperation mode already as April’s Opening Day approaches.
But wait, how desperate is desperate, really? The Miami Sun-Sentinel’s Craig Davis lays it all out, and — you guessed it — it’s looking pretty desperate.
An indication of the difficulty the Marlins are having attracting fans for their second season at Marlins Park, they are offering a free ticket to any game in April or May with the purchase of one to the home opener April 8 against the Braves.
Last year anyone who didn’t purchase a season-ticket plan had to enter a lottery for a slim chance of scoring a ticket to the inaugural opener.
Marlins President David Samson recently said season-ticket sales had fallen from just over 12,000 in 2012 to fewer than 5,000. Asked if he expected a sellout for the opener, he said, “I don’t know. I really don’t.”
This is the second season of the team’s new ballpark. Last year, Ozzie Guillen was managing a ball club with All-Stars Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Mark Beurhle and others.
They are all gone, and so to are the ticket sales.
Anyone just feel like hitting up South Beach instead? Oh yeah, everyone feels like it instead, ouch.