Obviously, Jeffrey Loria is one of the biggest assholes in the known universe (a population in which professional sports owners are disproportionately represented. And a focus on MLB doesn’t even get us to, to choose a pertinent example, Gary Bettman and company, but we’ll get to them later.)
And yet, to me the biggest villain in this story isn’t Loria. It is, by far, the Miami public officials who stole $500 million of taxpayer payer to hand it to Loria. I mean Loria is what he is, and unlike some of the greedy plutocrats who try to make money on their teams, he’s really good at it. Of course he was going to strip the team for parts and stuff the stadium revenues and revenue sharing money into his bottomless pockets. He already had the Bleezburg brothers lined up to build condos where the hangars are. Which is obviously something that Loria should be doing — whether in Miami or somewhere else — without a dime of taxpayer money. If the Miami politicians didn’t know they were being scammed, they’re too fuckin’ dumb to justify
keeping their jobs being allowed to walk the streets unsupervised. And if they did know, they were in on it. Either way, they should be out of polite society.