You've got a second-year stadium and the worst attendance in the league. You've got the worst team in baseball. If you're the Marlins, how do you possibly make money? The answer, it seems, is to give away free tickets and hope people buy lots of beers.
Miami's attendance issues became apparent instantly and dramatically. Through nine home dates, they're averaging 19,500 fans a game, but that's the officially announced number, and it's probably a dirty lie. Last season the announced figures claimed more than 27,000 fans a game; the actual turnstile number was closer to 17,000.