Reigning MVPs aren’t traded too often, and when that trade is a pure salary dump by a new ownership group that kinda-sorta-can’t-actually-afford-the-team, there will be no heartwarming response or love lost from a fan base that has already suffered through dodgy ownership for years.
That said, Giancarlo Stanton is here to thank those fans, and also to remind them that it was the past ownership group and baseball operations that sent things sideways:
Thank you to the Marlins Organization & the amazing city of Miami! The city that adopted me at 17 with open arms. I’ve loved this place over the years and it will always be special to me. I appreciate All my teammates & coaching Staff that battled day in and day out I feel for u fans, you’ve stuck with me as we’ve shared some roller coaster years. I’ve always tried to be as professional as possible during the unprofessional , circus times there! Regardless of the Ups&downs, I’ve grown n learned a lot as a Person/Player. So for that I give thanks, I hope there are better days in Miami . The city & the people are too great not to be! Stay positive & much love ! ————————————— As for NEW YORK CITY !!! I am officially a YANKEE🔥🔥 I can’t wait to spark this new chapter in my life, & keeping it Lit 🗽
I do hope the new ownership group turns around the culture in Miami (the early steps have not been encouraging, though), because the fans down there have to be despondent right about now.
As for Stanton, well, I can’t say I’m not eager to see him part of a killer lineup on the biggest stage. It’s good for baseball, and it’ll be fun to follow – even if it turns the Yankees back into the Evil Empire.