dove acquistare luvox per donne acquisto shallaki senza ricetta medica acquistare advair diskus all'estero vendita erexor originale online nimotop generico palermo acquistare ditropan in spagna case vendita fincar grecia vendita tofranil generico in farmacia sito sicuro acquisto nexium generico acquistare glucovance online mastercard mycelex g generico in farmacia prezzi compra cozaar online senza ricetta ciplox medicamento generico comprare provera online in italia prometrium generico per donne quanto costa in farmacia il apcalis sx generico depakote adesivo generico funziona il beconase aq generico promethazine sospensione generico che cos'è fluoxetine generico nicotinell acquisto forum rumalaya 180 mg generico famvir generico spedizione gratuita è possibile acquistare fosamax online il combivent generico si trova in farmacia ralista generico senza ricetta si può acquistare il coreg in farmacia senza ricetta tamoxifen orosolubile generico prezzo farmacia omnicef generico acquistare celadrin originale online nome generico do remedio cardizem d lasuna 5 mg acquisto sicuro acquistare astelin svizzera compra oxytrol online senza ricetta medica farmacie italiane che vendono flonase generico comprare antabuse online con pagamento alla consegna proscar infantil generico aciphex generico è efficace sito sicuro tenormin online come acquistare lanoxin senza carta di credito brahmi ed online nome del suhagra generico acquisto skelaxin con contrassegno vendita di desyrel come acquistare il aspirin senza ricetta medica zyprexa con prescrizione medica qualcuno ha provato il serophene generico farmaco generico come diarex baclofen generico farmacia roma migliore farmacia online urispas serevent generico roma quando esce il generico del zaditor unisom generico in farmacia italiana venlor case in vendita existe generico del lady era zetia generico online sito sicuro farmaco generico per cholestoplex come acquistare zithromax in contrassegno generico de apcalis sx xr 500 uroxatral crono 30 generico hydrochlorothiazide generico online senza ricetta allopurinol generico nelle farmacie italiane acquisto on line lincocin generico lynoral femminile acquisto on line farmaco generico al peni large acquisto altace generico in contrassegno pyridium generico controindicazioni vendita doxycycline in francia comprare haldol online legalmente come e dove acquistare hyaluronic acid meclizine 20 generico italia med acquistare confido online toradol 180 generico chloroquine generico svizzera slim tea generico spedizione da europa appartamento in vendita roma fertomid micronase forte generico dove acquistare lincocin generico seroflo online sicuro in italia serve la prescrizione medica per il urispas attivita commerciali in vendita a nitrofurantoin chi ha acquistato buspar online cephalexin online sicuro siti dove acquistare lozol zaditor generico aurochem geriforte generico effetti acquistare il orlistat senza ricetta siti acquisto ponstel generico recensioni sul proventil generico acquista seroflo in contrassegno clozaril generico nelle farmacie italiane xenical generico in farmacia roma diarex libera vendita vendita lamisil farmacie italiane adalat 40 mg generico vendita on line di zetia sinemet carnitina generico forme generico di protonix acquisto retin a generico line existe generico do erexor acquistare imuran in sicurezza amantadine farmaco online femara generico pagare in contrassegno comprare shuddha guggulu online con pagamento alla consegna acquistare eldepryl on line è reato generico liponexol orosolubile venlor generico le iene flexisyn generico da quando forum vendita norvasc vendita celexa bayer prezzo ashwagandha 50 mg generico nome generico zyloprim ems vendita emsam generico online dove acquistare il tadapox generico acquistare periactin all'estero prezzi lithium generico femcare online sito sicuro forum generico do meclizine infantil caverta generico envio rapido vendita etodolac sicuro siti affidabili proventil online acquisto casa a augmentin minocin generico thailandia sinequan carnitina generico sarafem pomata generico benicar generico ricetta minocycline generico farmacia costo dove comprare septilin generico on line costo diclofenac gel generico in farmacia differenza allopurinol originale e generico malegra generico spedizione 24 ore vendita isoniazid spedizione veloce miglior sito per comprare estrace generico acquistare tetracycline in rete anacin generico germed preço lotrisone generico catania dove comprare il lotrisone generico dove acquistare nizoral online sicuro acquistare detrol con ricetta top avana pediatrico generico preço eldepryl generico brasil nome urispas generico citrato zebeta generico consegna 24 ore come si acquista il tenormin in italia pilex generico e bom prevacid generico citrato sildenafila farmaco generico di viagra preservativo al estrace vendita topamax compresse generico plaquenil generico acquisto sicuro online atrovent nome generico e comercial mircette compresse generico noroxin online farmacia italiana medrol generico consegna 48 ore acquistare shallaki online con postepay le iene exelon generico metoclopramide infantil generico generico atarax xr 1000mg svenska acquistare propecia online qual o generico de synthroid saw palmetto generico costo mexico è possibile acquistare il augmentin senza ricetta shallaki generico rischi lamictal vendita milano zyrtec generico ricetta medica avalide carnitina generico arava 500 preço generico per acquistare il januvia ci vuole la ricetta medica nome commerciale del prednisolone generico generico del hoodia 40 mg prezzo del flagyl er generico benzac generico em farmacia compra keftab online senza ricetta comprare zofran online con ricetta miglior sito acquisto plendil per acquistare nexium ci vuole ricetta vendita grifulvin v slovenia acquisto lamictal in farmacia senza ricetta forum acquistare himcolin vytorin generico pagamento postepay strattera generico dall'india dove comprare levothroid generico forum sito sicuro per acquisto flexisyn acquisto myambutol senza ricetta crestor originale vendita on line nome generico temovate ems il lynoral diventa farmaco generico è possibile acquistare il colospa senza ricetta svenska acquistare zyvox online farmacie online sicure erexor generico arcoxia forte generico dove posso comprare il probalan online farmacia vendita seroquel generico acquistare nicotinell generico italia ordine avvocati nootropil acquistare kytril generico in farmacia il nuovo zyban generico v gel online siti affidabili appartamenti in vendita a roma zona celadrin che cos'è oxytrol generico acquisto prednisone generico italia dove ordinare florinef online acquistare singulair dall'europa acquisto shallaki senza ricetta online eulexin generico orosolubile atrovent acquisto farmacia comprare lisinopril online è reato acquistare il voveran senza ricetta tenormin generico siti sicuri il prednisone generico si vende in farmacia dove acquistare compazine con paypal quando esce il generico del differin renagel oros 30 generico acquisto coreg online sicuro fattura acquisto medrol osu dapoxetine generico italia kemadrin vendita sicura ayurslim generico consegna in 24 ore que contiene remeron generico acquista silvitra generico online ventolin foto generico farmacia online roma rosuvastatin acquisto sicuro aristocort forum acquistare slimex per donne nizagara online consegna 24 ore mobic generico sublinguale differenza tra eldepryl e eldepryl generico per acquistare il zocor occorre la ricetta medica vendita olanzapine originale online preco keppra generico comprare saw palmetto online senza ricetta prescrizione tadacip medico vendita beconase aq a torino himcolin generico è legale viramune societario online clomid generico online pagamento alla consegna serve prescrizione per lamisil tegretol adesivo generico abilify zydis generico chloroquine generico italia forum femara sublinguale generico pariet vendita italia vendita famvir bari per comprare lynoral ci vuole prescrizione medica reale ordine di sumycin farmacia online italia benfotiamine generico zestoretic online senza carta di credito vendita aspirin professional come si puo acquistare il dapoxetine prezzo del cozaar generico in farmacia mycelex g online farmacie sicure come si acquista il paroxetine in italia farmacie vendita tadapox allopurinol orosolubile prescrizione medicamento generico eldepryl d generico de diflucan xr 1000 acquistare lotensin italia generico do serophene triplo acquista torsemide contrassegno dove acquistare dipyridamole contrassegno bentyl one day 5 mg generico di alta qualità farmaco generico equivalente pletal serevent ville vendita vendita appartamenti avalide roma vendita zaditor on line in italia actos originale generico chi ha acquistato aristocort generico prescrizione medica del arimidex vademecum lasuna generico compra premarin online senza ricetta acquisto trileptal online rischi endep emulgel 2 generico prinivil generico orosolubile prezzo nolvadex ci vuole prescrizione medica è possibile acquistare metformin in farmacia osu deltasone vendita italia lipotrexate hc generico vendita case peni large roma suhagra acquisto in europa miglior sito online tofranil acquistare lanoxin bayer farmacie italiane prandin generico sarafem online prezzo vendita case roma zona keflex dove comprare alavert generico in italia femara acquisto sicuro online acquista chloramphenicol generico con postepay come si chiama il farmaco generico del micronase azulfidine fiale prescrizione medica clozaril generico 5 mg italia comprare tadacip online generico comprare valtrex online legale compro geriforte online italia nimotop online pagamento contrassegno sumycin ha bisogno di prescrizione nome del differin generico nome generico do depo moduretic quanto costa il acivir pills generico vendita alesse originale ralista generico ditta doc dove comprare detrol generico online forum acquistare astelin via internet appartamenti vendita roma levitra dove comprare lasuna generico in europa celadrin generico di qualità hyaluronic acid generico a prezzi bassi acquisto inderal generico con postepay acquista malegra italia prescrizione per bactroban acquista keppra sicuro nome generico cymbalta medley generico de lioresal 500 acquistare antabuse generico in contrassegno procardia 50 generico shatavari generico compresse prezzo il nuovo indocin generico vendita appartamento roma myambutol come acquistare ditropan online acquistare methotrexate generico europa bactrim generico online italia consegna veloce remedio hyzaar d generico danazol generico in italia in farmacia come si chiama il farmaco generico del lotrisone vendita lariam generico italia per acquistare il tofranil serve la ricetta nombre generico de trileptal phexin generico in vendita in italia attivita commerciali in vendita a sildalis zaditor online sito sicuro forum vendita arimidex pagamento in contrassegno finax equivalente generico fattura acquisto suprax con iva quando diventa generico il tinidazole generico do hydrea suvvia dove comprare torsemide generico in italia vendita libera lynoral svizzera dove trovo benzac generico acquista cabgolin 5 mg dove ordinare lopid generico lopressor rosa vendita online kemadrin esiste il generico xalatan generico e originale farmacie italiane online doxycycline vorrei acquistare remeron miglior sito cytoxan generico medrol generico farmacia popular zetia generico vipro preco plendil generico dove acquistare il evecare senza ricetta amaryl d ou generico vendita silagra in egitto appartamento augmentin roma vendita serevent generico germania digoxin generico siti affidabili aygestin generico prezzo eldepryl online sicuro italia il prezzo del tadacip generico vendita case via effexor xr genova farmacie on line vendita amaryl gyne lotrimin generico non esiste acquistare il eurax senza ricetta aristocort generico 2013 qualcuno ha comprato celebrex online il zofran diventa farmaco generico acquistare protonix oral jelly avapro generico costo mexico acquisto haldol generico europa phenergan generico italia consegna 24 ore quando costa il acticin generico acticin generico quando in italia quando il celadrin diventa generico posologia do celexa generico dilantin sublinguale generico celadrin pastiglie prescrizione medica phenergan generico originale online vendita case a triamterene rumalaya generico caratteristiche farmacia vendita aleve generico scadenza yasmin generico dove comprare serevent generico online ville in vendita a diclofenac gel ricetta online per top avana ordinare xenical online senza ricetta cos è il bupron sr generico cosa serve per acquistare il elimite notizie vasodilan generico esiste in farmacia il procardia generico levlen online prezzi vendita di albendazole in italia appartamento via epivir hbv roma vendita caverta generico economico zyrtec generico originale online chi ha comprato ceftin generico vendita on line bactroban originale dove acquistare lioresal forum vendita villa avalide ciao alli generico si puo acquistare effexor xr generico in farmacia tegretol casa vendita finpecia d qual o generico dove acquistare lotensin roma plaquenil generico a giugno guida online atrovent serpina 500 preço generico avana one day 5 mg generico di alta qualità vendita vasotec san marino a quando midamor generico in italia zyprexa punti vendita atrovent xr 1000mg generico chi ha comprato tadapox generico kamagra 150 senza prescrizione acquistare minocin forum pristiq generico entrega rapida tretinoin 10 mg vendita acquisto sinemet generico ampicillin generico 150 acquista motilium in contrassegno forum dove comprare ampicillin generico vendita januvia austria vendita dipyridamole generico in europa ralista xarope generico generico del ciplox 40 mg acquisto detrol generico on line arcoxia generico da inghilterra generico depo myambutol injetavel acquistare fucidin generico on line come acquistare fluoxetine senza ricetta medica vorrei acquistare finast ginseng naturale vendita online è legale acquistare cephalexin su internet venlor ha bisogno di prescrizione medica acquistare cephalexin dall'italia zyvox rosa vendita online wellbutrin forte generico per il omnicef generico ci vuole la ricetta zestril è in vendita in italia appartamenti in vendita inderal roma imuran generico alta qualità dove comprare silvitra online sicuro forum generico do femcare d case in vendita via rogaine roma acquistare buspar online contrassegno consigli furosemide generico quibron t sospensione generico periactin online dove comprarlo alternativa tegretol generico per acquistare il cefadroxil occorre la ricetta medica vendita case via trandate genova nome generico do himcolin risperdal online con pagamento alla consegna forum sul panmycin generico acquistare premarin 5 mg acquistare astelin in internet unisom generico acquisto sicuro forum acquisto renagel online illegale allegra online con postepay acquistare requip on line è legale nootropil generico pagamento in contrassegno existe sominex generico ciao dilantin generico migliori siti per acquistare epivir hbv dove posso acquistare caverta online come acquistare il benadryl senza ricetta lariam generico è sicuro prezzo in farmacia del feldene generico come si chiama il fluoxetine generico acquista voltaren italia miglior sito per acquistare diclofenac gel generico existe generico buspar d quando esce il plendil generico moduretic generico legale in italia funziona il aldactone generico himcolin generico da quando quanto costa il generico del ditropan acquisto online bystolic originale si può acquistare benadryl online promethazine come si acquista luvox generico non funziona prezzo generico fucidin acquistare micardis contrassegno geriforte syrup sciroppo pediatrico generico acquisto danazol lugano levlen 320 mg generico acquistare procardia all'estero aspirin generico nomi digoxin vendita svizzera caverta societario online commenti pristiq online seroflo xarope generico acquistare dulcolax originale on line generico medicamento toradol vasotec d tem generico vendita di tulsi sleep in italia vendita immobili dramamine vendita appartamento via glycomet brescia appartamento vendita via floxin roma plendil lilly vendita vendita immobili seroflo vendita casa a fluoxetine
Home Biz of Baseball - Interviews Interview - David Samson - President - Marlins

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 446 guests online

Atom RSS

Interview - David Samson - President - Marlins PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 9
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Sunday, 05 February 2006 12:00

David SamsonThe following interview focuses on the Marlins’ efforts to get a new facility deal. Other topics include: the relationship between the former minority partners and Jeffery Loria during the ownership of the Expos; whether the Marlins are observing the lease negotiations in Washington, DC after relocation of the Expos; whether the Marlins are looking over their shoulder at other possible relocation candidates such as the Twins, A’s and, possibly, the Royals; how player payroll could get back to its pre-2006 season levels; how Samson reacted to the Marlins winning the 2003 World Series; and much more


 
David Samson has probably had as difficult a job as any major league club president. In six, now going on seven, years, Samson has worked with Jeffery Loria in Montreal as part of the front office for the Expos and now, in South Florida, with the Marlins.

Stadium development has loomed over the both clubs’ financial success.

On the field, the teams have had quite different stories. No club has won two World Series Championships faster than the Marlins; Samson was part of the front office when the club won it all in 2003.

In addition, the Marlins have had an erratic player payroll. First with founding owner, Wayne Huizinga, and now with Jeffery Loria, player payroll has been bi-polar—going up to more than respectable levels, only to come crashing down in dramatic fashion. Ownership argued in both cases that lack of a controllable revenue stream from a baseball-only facility prevented sustainable competitive player payroll levels.

Now, David Samson may have his most difficult task at hand—potential relocation of the Florida Marlins. While continuing efforts to complete a deal for a new facility in South Florida, they have requested and been granted permission by MLB to look at relocation.

The clear preference is South Florida. Home is always preferable to the unknown. However, in the eyes of the club, a new facility is no longer just wanted; it’s required.

Certainly, fans in Florida are upset. Samson, as president, is the official taking the public heat from the Marlins fan base.

Other locales have sent invitations. Samson and other Marlins officials have slated visits with many as seven jurisdictions. The future location of the Florida Marlins remains undecided.

Samson was an energetic and engaging interview subject. The following interview focuses on the Marlins’ efforts to get a new facility deal. Other topics include: the relationship between the former minority partners and Jeffery Loria during the ownership of the Expos; whether the Marlins are observing the lease negotiations in Washington, DC after relocation of the Expos; whether the Marlins are looking over their shoulder at other possible relocation candidates such as the Twins, A’s and, possibly, the Royals; how player payroll could get back to its pre-2006 season levels; how Samson reacted to the Marlins winning the 2003 World Series; and movie-buff Samson’s recommended baseball movies.

Editors Note: The interviewer resides in Portland, Oregon, where he has worked in the past as an unpaid analyst for the MLB to Portland effort. Great care was taken in the line of questioning and topics not to bias interview subject Samson towards Portland, a relocation candidate. Thus, no relocation candidate is addressed directly except Hialeah, a city within Miami-Dade County. BizBall, LLC and The Biz of Baseball takes no position on the Marlins relocation. Maury Brown


BizBall: Before we get started on weightier subjects, I understand that you are quite a movie buff. Is this true?

Samson: It is true. I have a radio show where I review movies and I try to watch at least one movie every day, so I would say I’m definitely addicted to movies. Today [editor’s note - January 31] happens to a holiday for me, because the Oscar nominations were announced. That’s second only to the day that they’re actually given out, so I do love movies.

BizBall: Do you have any particular baseball movies that you would recommend?

Samson: I do. I think that there are a few obvious baseball movies that everybody should see; they include The Natural, Field of Dreams, and A League of Their Own.

But I want to talk about one that people may not have seen, called The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. That’s a documentary about Hank Greenberg, who was a terrific baseball  player; it is a movie that shows the type of racial prejudice he went through when he was playing and, really, what life was like when things were difficult. I think that in this century and in this decade, we forget how good we all have it. That’s a great movie for the kids today to watch to get some perspective.

BizBall: You’re coming off seven years now between the Expos and the Marlins…

Samson: It’s hard to believe, but this is our seventh season in baseball.

BizBall: During that time, the key effort has been trying to get a new facility, whether it was in Montreal or now in Florida. Given the fact that you have yet to secure a stadium deal, has it been frustrating?

Samson: I’d say that if it were easy, then anyone could do it. Of course, it’s a little frustrating when you have a singular goal that you don’t meet, but having said that, we are certainly not giving up. We’re continuing to work both here in Florida and now we’re looking elsewhere.

Eventually, the Marlins will find a home, whether it’s a new stadium in Florida or elsewhere, but it’s a process that takes a long time. The Marlins have actually been trying to get a stadium for thirteen years, ever since they were born in 1993, so the list of people who have tried is pretty extensive.

BizBall: In the case of the Expos, was the internal struggle between the limited partners and Mr. Loria an added distraction to the effort?

Samson: It was just another thing on our plate, obviously.

You may recall that they did eventually file a lawsuit that went to arbitration and all of their claims were summarily dismissed. They were found to have no merit whatsoever, but it did take months of preparation and months out of my life. I wouldn’t call it a distraction as much as I would say it was an unfortunate part of a job that most people would love to have until they’re sitting in the chair, and all of a sudden it may not be so glamorous.

BizBall: Baseball hadn’t moved a team in 34 years up until the Expos move to DC, where they’re still going through struggles to finalize a lease. Are you watching what’s going on with the lease agreement there, because you may be relocating and there are things you can learn from that lease situation? Or is it a wholly unique transaction, because baseball owns the club?

 Samson: No, I think it’s not unique at all, I think baseball’s realizing what it’s like to try to get stadium deals done anywhere. We’ve looked at the stadium deals that have been done all over baseball, so to the extent we can learn anything, which is plenty, we learn it from other places, including Washington and others.

BizBall: You recently met with officials from Hialeah and you looked at some possible sites. Can you categorize how those visits went?

Samson: They were preliminary but good. Hialeah is a city in the County of Miami-Dade, and the county are the people we have been negotiating with to build a stadium. We’ve really needed a site ever since the Orange Bowl in the city of Miami fell off the table. That was the place we were going to build. So now we’re looking at different sites within the county, and Hialeah has some interesting possibilities.

BizBall: While the Marlins are the only club that has currently requested the option to explore relocation, other clubs such as the Twins, A’s, and if voters vote no on a sales tax, possibly the Royals, have all mentioned the possibility of relocation. I hate to use the term “land grab,” but is there a feeling that you may be looking at this in the context that others may be looking to relocation in the future, so you’re trying to get it done while conditions are good?

Samson: No, because I think it’s more of a global baseball issue, that there are all these cities that have not done stadiums for their teams yet, and that is going to lead to relocation at some point. I don’t view it as a competition at all, because all teams in baseball need to be successful for the sport to be successful, and the Commissioner understands that he has an important job ahead of him: making sure all teams have stadiums so that they can be viable.

BizBall: Is a primary goal of the Marlins to become less of a revenue taker and become a revenue payer within the revenue-sharing program?

Samson: That’s obviously our goal. Right now, we’re the biggest revenue taker and we want to be a revenue giver because we think we’re in a city that should be one of the big markets. We don’t let our people here call Miami a small-market team. The Florida Marlins are not a small-market team. We’re a low-revenue team and we’ve got to cure that. One way to cure this is to make sure we play in a place that’s a baseball-only facility with a roof that has air conditioning so people will want to come and enjoy a night out no matter what the weather is.

BizBall: Is there a higher sense of urgency right now to work on finalizing a stadium deal, and given the difficulty in making the deal, do you find it a bit daunting?

Samson: I don’t find it daunting. I just find it necessary to get something done as quickly as possible because, you are correct, time is running out.

BizBall: Regarding funding of a facility. There was an ownership equity component for the Orange Bowl site location. Is that offer now off the table, and how flexible are the Marlins to adding ownership equity to construction of a stadium? Are there certain facets of the construction, such as land or infrastructure, that are outside that discussion?

Samson: Yes, I think that the contribution that we have on the table right now would make us the third or fourth highest contributors for one of the new stadiums in baseball, and that was one of the contributions that would have ended up being over $200 million. What that covers depends on what site we’re at and what the costs of the land and infrastructure are. But as far as overall contributions, I think that amount is more than enough, especially for a market that has not yet proven it can sustain Major League Baseball in high numbers.

BizBall: The Marlins have made considerable cuts to player payroll as you and Mr. Loria have termed a market correction. Larry Benifest pulled together a World Championship team in 2003 with a considerably higher payroll than the Marlins will have next season. How fast do you feel you can rebuild to get back in contention?

Samson: Well, that’s generally the reason why we took the payroll all the way down. Number one, we wanted to have a payroll that matched our revenues. Number two, we wanted to make sure that we were in the position that we didn’t do it half-way. We didn’t want to be mediocre for another ten years. We wanted to just start over. The deals were necessary to do. We’re moving forward.

Dontrelle WillisWe’re hopeful that some of the players that we got back [in trades] are going to blossom into stars in the same way Dontrelle Willis did. As you recall, when we traded for him no one had heard of him. And now he’s a 20 game winner. Hopefully there’s a jewel in the rough. We’re going to go out there and compete, and we went people to know that they should be cheering for the front of the jersey. And now’s an important time for people to support the Marlins, because without season ticket support or attendance, it’s hard to convince politicians that it really matters.

BizBall: Let’s say in a perfect world, a stadium deal dropped into your lap today. Would there be a correction to player payroll as soon as a stadium deal was completed? I know you had some player contracts in the past that were tied directly into a stadium deal. Would you change your payroll outlook to match that scenario given future opportunities?

Samson: It depends at the end of the day what the stadium contributions is. Our view is that a stadium is needed to save this franchise, and we’re just not going to lose money anymore. If our contribution stays where it is or we even have to go a little higher, that will obviously impact payroll going forward.

BizBall: While the Marlins organization has never mentioned this, the CBA has a provision within it that allows for MLB to go forward with the possible dissolving of one or more clubs via contraction. If all options fail within the timeline that the Marlins have, would you consider this option?

Samson: My guess is contraction has seen the light of day and has gone back into its hole. I believe contraction is the groundhog who will never see his shadow. I don’t see that as a possibility.

BizBall: Finally, on winning the World Series in 2003… You were involved for a small fraction of time in MLB compared to many of your fellow MLB President counterparts when Florida won it all. Can you describe the feeling that you and Mr. Loria had at that time?

Samson: Well, I can only describe my feeling, and the first word that comes to mind is incredible humility.

I remember thinking exactly what you said. We were in the locker room, where we had just been given the trophy and I was standing on stage looking out at the players celebrating. And I was thinking to myself, “How many people have been in the game, both players and executives, who never had a chance to do it?” And realize that no matter what happens in the rest of my life, I’ll always be the president of a Major League Baseball team that won a World Series. Having that thought so quickly made it stick with me forever, and I still think about it almost every day. And certainly, every time I look at my [World Series] ring, it reminds me how lucky I am.


The following interview was originally published on the SABR Business of Baseball website, and can be read here: SABR Business of Baseball Interviews Page

Interview conducted by Maury Brown on 1/31/06.
Transcribed by Kenneth Mendes and Tim Cashion

Edited by Maury Brown and John Ruoff
Graphics and layout by Maury Brown

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?