The man responsible for it all was Wayne Huizenga, who got the World Series he so badly wanted, stripped the Marlins down to bare parts and sold them to John Henry, who then bailed on the Marlins for the Red Sox, which allowed the Marlins to be bought by franchise destroyer Jeffrey Loria. But hey! At least Huizenga's sorry about it. Kind of.
"We lost 34 million dollars the year we won the World Series and I just said, 'You know what? I'm not going to do that,' " Huizenga said at Dolphins headquarters when asked if he had any regrets about dismantling the Marlins in the aftermath of their World Series triumph over the Indians.Yeah! He would've tried to buy one more World Series, then ripped the team apart and sold them. I'm sorry, Wayne, but apology not accepted. The 1998 Florida Marlins were one of the worst affronts to baseball since the strike. Look at Jim Leyland. He's only 64! You know why he looks 75? The 1998 Florida Marlins is why! (OK, and all the cigarettes.) That team scored 667 runs and allowed 923! Someone named Andy Larkin was allowed to make 14 starts with a 9.64 ERA.
"If I had to do it all over again I'd say, 'OK, we'll go one more year. I'm telling you right now at the end of this year I'm out of here.' That's what I would've done, but that's in hindsight. There's nothing you could do about it. The decision was made and we made it."
I'm sorry, you can't say, "I probably should have waited a year," and just be forgiven for unleashing an atrocity like that team on the world.