This winter the Miami Marlins took a big gamble when they invested close to 200 million dollars collectively on free agents Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell.
I use the word gamble for a reason. Check out the logo of gambling casino Morongo Resort. Now take a closer look at the Miami Marlins' new logo. Too close for comfort.
Morongo and the Marlins utilize the same font, and both have an undulating flourish with three waves of color. Are the Marlins playing poker on the field AND at the tables?
Now compare the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, California with the Marlins' new stadium. White surface, curved roof, rows of palm trees. Coincidence? I think not.
The casino and the team are one and the same. Say hello to the Morongo Marlins. If you cheat, suffer the consequences. Either the commissioner or the pit supervisor will play hardball with you.
Any day now the craps tables will be run by Oscar Gamble.
Marlins' brass are rolling the dice this year by breaking the bank with Jose Reyes. One cost-saving suggestion: re-purpose Reyes' recently cut dreadlocks! Morongo could promote poker games utilizing his hair as a tabletop surface instead of the traditional green felt.
This spring fans and the media have been feverishly debating whether or not the addition of the Marlins' free agents will ensure a playoff payoff.
I have some advice. Don't bet on it.