D.A.: Marlins Man Is A Fraudulent Fan, Time To Take A Hike

Baseball's most famous fan isn't a fan at all, DA says; he's a fraud

The DA Show
March 30, 2018 - 1:34 pm

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You have probably devoted a part of your life to at least one team. You've spent money on tickets, merchandise, concessions and parking. You've spent emotional currency watching innumerable hours of games, unable to sleep after bad losses, dancing like a maniac after wins. If you have done this for a few decades, you know it's something that's in your blood, etched into your DNA. 

Now imagine selling that fandom to the highest bidder at the drop of a hat. Fathom pulling a complete 180-degree hairpin turn in the middle of your life, and flushing that fanaticism down the toilet and hitching up with a rival team.  

Doesn't seem realistic, right? Not something you would even contemplate. Well, that's exactly what "baseball's most famous fan" is trying to pull. And all it does is prove he's only baseball's most famous fraud. 

It's Laurence Leavy, better known as Marlins Man. He's dressed in a garish orange jersey and visor, gobbling up the best seats in your ballpark and other prime real estate during big sporting events. Since the Marlins don't play any important games he has spent his wealth on the plum seats behind the plate at other team's postseason games, and courtside at NBA contests. Anywhere he can be seen, he's there. 

Which makes him no different than Jack Nicholson or Drake or any number of celebrities that take the primo seats. They're fishing for attention, hobnobbing with the pretty people, getting free food and booze while barely watching the game. The difference is we know these celebrities are front runners. And they don't show up to season-ticket-holder meetings and ask ownership, "Do you know who I am?" 

They likely pull that at restaurants, on movie sets, and in airports. But stomping your feet and throwing a tantrum because of your "fandom?" That makes you as intolerable and pathetic as that C-List actress at a crowded Starbucks. 

Marlins Man is trying this act after getting the stiff arm from Derek Jeter and co. The Captain has had a rocky beginning to his executive life, but this is the right power move. Leavy wanted a discount on a lon- term season-ticket package, which probably would have been palatable had he not already tried to strong arm the organization before. This bozo suggested promotional days be built around him. He's the farthest thing from Juan from Hialeah or Tony from Pembroke Pines who plunk down $25 a ticket for the upper deck. He's a self-indulgent buffoon who is now auctioning off fandom because he was blown off by his team. 

It's a shame, because once upon a time he said he claimed his purpose was to create good vibes. He offered his elite seats to children, elderly and veterans. That's an awesome act of humanity. He said he wanted others to spread the goodwill. But Good Samaritans don't demand better treatment, or throw hissy fits at those who they've devoted their time and energy to. Those are selfish acts, not selfless. And it wouldn't matter much except major media outlets are covering him like he's a star athlete, and he's been branded as an MLB ambassador. Is this the guy fans want representing them?   

Look, devoting your your time and money over 25 years as a season ticket holder is an honorable degree of fandom. But flipping to a different team in mere weeks shows you have grown so far away from your inner fan, you're no longer like us. Marlins Man tweeted, "I realize they were not appreciative nor grateful for all that I had done for their brand." Talk about delusion of grandeur. This is a man whose ego has eaten him whole. 

Leavy had a health scare when a biopsy thankfully came back clean. So he devoted his life to living, and no one should argue with that. But since when did soaking the most out of this time on Earth turn into demanding how a franchise celebrates you? Since when did that transform into shopping your services to the highest bidder out of spite? If the Tigers or Rangers or Rays bow to your demands, suddenly you're going to wave their flag and wear their gear? Please. Nothing more fraudulent than that. 

The fact is Marlins Man has become drunk on celebrity, and years of fawning profiles and flattering fellow fans has given him a God Complex. So now when he's not feted he's wrapped in his own ego's cage. Twenty-five years of fandom and within a few weeks he's going on a "free agent tour?" Forgive me while I roll my eyes and call B.S. That's no ambassador of the game. That is a fraud. 


Damon Amendolara, known by his fans as D.A., hosts “The D.A. Show,” from 9:00AM-12:00PM, ET, across the country on the nation’s largest 24/7 major-market radio network. “The D.A. Show” is known for its unique perspective on sports, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, colorful listener interaction, and candid interviews with athletes and coaches. Amendolara also appears regularly on NFL Network as part of the “NFL Top 10” documentary film series, CBS television and SNY TV. He is a Syracuse University grad and native of Warwick, N.Y.