Devastating news out of Miami on Tuesday as Marlins CEO Derek Jeter announced the the team had gained permission from the county to remove Homer the statue. Jeter continues to master the art of trading away cornerstone players while tearing down artwork that gives a stadium character. A stadium with an average nightly fan attendance of 225 people that understands the historical significance of artwork as such.
How can Jeter casually remove a beautiful piece of art that was designed to celebrate the beauty of the home run? Was this decision formulated out of hatred and envy? I mean, Jeter was always overshadowed by teammates like A-Rod and Giambi who made going yard look like child’s play. While he had to muscle up a pitch to the opposite filed every time and hardly get it over the wall. Maybe his hatred for home runs subconsciously persuaded him to trade Stanton, Ozuna, and Yelich all in the same offseason; and ultimately forcing him to build a team around poor fielding slap hitters (Starlin Castro, Miguel Rojas for example).Is he on a mission to eliminate all evidence of happiness from the ballpark? Are they seeking revenge on Marlin’s Man? It just doesn’t make sense. It seems a little fishy to me. Classic Marlins joke.
Mona Lisa: Leonardo Da Vinci.
Starry Night: Vincent Van Gogh
Homer the Marlins Statue: Red Grooms
What do these have in common you ask? Well, all are pieces of art that were unfortunately not appreciated in their time. Not until decades following their deaths did the public began to realize just how special these artists were. Very similar to how the world will view Red Grooms centuries from now, when they realize just how revolutionary ‘Homer’ the Statue was.