Miami deal embarrassing for team, MLB

Updated: November 15, 2012, 12:21 AM ET
By Buster Olney

An oral history of the Miami Marlins. In (mostly) their own words:

    "If our ballpark could speak, its first words would be, 'Hola, Miami.'" -- Owner Jeffrey Loria, Nov. 11, 2011, at the unveiling of the Marlins' new uniforms.

    "I just want you to know that if you decide not to make a decision tonight, that will be the death knell for baseball in Miami. We are out of time." -- Then MLB president Bob DuPuy to Miami commission members, Feb. 21, 2008, before they decided on whether to approve funding for a new ballpark.

    "This is the final piece of the puzzle." -- Loria, Feb. 21, 2008, after the funding for the park is approved. He also thanked a long list of city and county officials for "saving baseball in Miami."