David Samson’s “claim to fame” is extorting public money for Marlins stadium

There’s no way I can top this headline from the Miami New Times:

David Samson Brags About Screwing Taxpayers in Survivor Bio

David Samson, as some of you may recall, is the Miami Marlins team president (and ex-stepson of team owner Jeffrey Loria) who made increasingly hilarious threats about the team leaving Florida in order to extract public money for a new stadium. Samson is also, equally hilariously, a contestant on the new season of Survivor, and he’s apparently really proud of the work he did on the people of Miami:

When asked what his “personal claim to fame” was, he replied, “Got local government in Miami to contribute over 350 million dollars to a new baseball park during the recession.”

As the New Times notes, Samson was president of the team when they won the 2003 World Series, but this is what he chose as his career highlight. Marlins execs really are a special breed.


4 comments on “David Samson’s “claim to fame” is extorting public money for Marlins stadium

  1. “As the New Times notes, Samson was president of the team when they won the 2003 World Series, but this is what he chose as his career highlight. Marlins execs really are a special breed.”

    To be fair to him his job is bilking taxpayers out of money, not fielding winning baseball teams. Claiming the World Series as his achievement would be pretty disingenuous when A) He had little to nothing to do with it, and B) That isn’t what he is there for.

    These are businesses there to make money. Not charities or militias fighting for a communities’ honor.

  2. Juvenal! I love the name. I wonder how many folks will understand your historical allusion and how it relates to this blog? (Truth be told I hope EVERYONE who reads this blog gets your allusion.)

  3. Baseball executives are special breed at every level including fly by night independent leagues. However hockey executives are catching up with their demands for operating subsidies.

  4. wait… so Samson is Loria’s ex stepson? I’ve got to know, did Loria and Samson’s mother divorce? Or did they both file papers to emancipate him (against his will?) forcibly?

    Samson is an embarrassment to baseball. Nothing could suit him better than being a contestant on an idiotic reality game show… unless duck dynasty or storage wars comes calling, of course…

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