The Miami Marlins' revival is a nice story on its face, but even to someone who doesn't follow baseball (me), it may seem like it's coming out of left field (BOOM). The Marlins are the franchise with a perpetually empty stadium that's constantly cutting payroll; suddenly they're outspending everyone in free agency and building a brand new stadium with a hallucinogenic home run celebration?
If it seems like there's a logical disconnect there, this December article from Patrick Hruby at Yahoo!'s The Post Game helps connect the dots, explaining how the Marlins are "socializing the debt and risk of pro sports while privatizing the profits." Everyone in pro sports does this to some degree, but the Marlins may be the most blatant case yet. Head over to Yahoo! to read the full story behind the makeover. Nobody's saying we should quit our jobs and stop showering like all the #Occupy folks, but protesting the Marlins may not be a bad idea.