When Pitbull performed before Monday night’s Home Run Derby wearing a jersey that was about eight sizes too small, that was supposed to be the biggest news of week involving Mr. 305 and Miami baseball.
But on Tuesday, the Miami Herald reported that Pitbull is joining the long list of celebrities who have interest in buying the Marlins. His spokesman confirmed to the Herald that the singer-rapper is part of a group including former Florida governor Jeb Bush; son of Mitt Romney, Tagg Romney; and New York finance dude Wayne Rothbaum. Their primary opposition comes from Miami businessman Jorge Mas, while Derek Jeter is also leading a group, which reportedly now features Michael Jordan.
The whole saga is beginning to resemble a Game of Thrones plotline in its long arc and inscrutable complexity. At one point, Jeb and Jeter reportedly had an agreement to buy the team, but that fell through because the duo hadn’t raised enough money. That cleared the way for Romney, who was (is?) aligned with Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine. Apparently Jeb has joined that crew, along with Pitbull, but now Mas seems like some sort of favorite.
It’s all very confusing—and made worse by the knowledge that current Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria stands to profit regardless.
Anyway, it would be kind of fun to have Pitbull involved in owning a baseball team. At the very least, the Marlins would wind up with a lot of high-energy concerts.
We’re just hoping that one way or another the Marlins will be sold to someone soon so that everyone can resume not caring about the Marlins. Increasingly, it seems like the smartest guy in the whole saga was Alex Rodriguez, who decided to avoid getting involved altogether.