MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Marlins president David Samson hoped his appearance on CBS’ Survivor would be a good thing for the team, but after his bio was published for the show, the team president needs to do some damage control.
Most of the bio is non-descript with his age, where he lives, occupation, etc. But it’s the fifth item into the biography that has drawn fire from multiple angles.
When asked for his personal claim to fame, Samson responded, “Got local government in Miami to contribute over 350 million dollars to a new baseball park during the recession.”
Considering the public scorn over not only the costs of Marlins Park, estimated at $2 billion, plus the team’s decision to back out of a promise to invest in the roster, Samson’s boast displayed a certain tone-deafness to the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County.
Samson told CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald that he doesn’t back off the meaning of the quote, but that he would have phrased it differently in hindsight.
“I would have worded it in a way that was different,” Samson said. “I certainly would say a claim to fame, not the claim to fame, is getting a ballpark built with a public-private partnership.”
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