David Samson, as most have already found out, just didn’t have staying power.
Marlins players and fans tuned in to watch the return of CBS’ Survivor only to see the polarizing Samson find an early exit. After only an hour into the two hour premier, the rest of team “Brains” had enough.
Voted group leader, he ended up getting voted off four votes to two. Some Marlins players commented that they were disappointed but that the other members of Survivor must have viewed Samson to be a serious, long-term threat and got him out of the way early.
Up next for Samson? Playing the role of Lorne Michaels, the executive in charge of Saturday Night Live, for the play “Not Ready for Primetime”. Looks like his part will play longer than his Survivor: Cagayan “cameo”. But will any of it fare better than the Marlins’ 2012 reality show on Showtime? That campaign could have been referred to as “Not Ready for Showtime” as the Marlins descended into a huge embarrassment and disappointment after a shocking offseason signing the talents of players like Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle and Heath Bell while landing Ozzie Guillen to take the helm.
Is this a sign of things to come? Is this the new Marlins Way? Let’s face it, Samson did not gain any more admirers by pulling off this publicity stunt. He raised (or revisited?) quite a stink over his public comments about his role in getting a stadium for the Marlins from the city of Miami.
Most fans of the show seem to praise the fact that he was the first person voted off – despite all of his antics and interviews about being “underestimated” and being a winner. Lots of jokes on Twitter about how “Marlins” a move this was.
I'M BACK FOR THE NIGHT. SO, DAVID SAMSON HAD A, *SHORT*, STAY ON SURVIVOR I SEE. AM I RIGHT? BUT AM I RIGHT? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
— Marlins Fan Problems (@MarlinsFanProbz) February 28, 2014
It's like we just watched a focus group of 17 people confirm that David Samson is exactly who we thought he was @Survivor_Tweet
— Fish@Bat (@fishatbat) February 27, 2014
David Samson's shelter will finish being built in 2017
— Marlins Diehards (@MarlinsDiehards) February 27, 2014
Which illustrates this point – for some reason, the majority of baseball fans out there love to hate this team’s leadership – at least David Samson and Jeffrey Loria. Nothing but ill-will can satisfy those who either follow this team from up close or afar.
Here is Marlins prez David Samson in – can't makevthis up – dresss shirt and boxers on Survivor pic.twitter.com/wKc1igqRkL
— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) February 27, 2014
Maybe this is a blessing in disguise. It could mark a transition from the ways of the past into a new future. Now that the Survivor debacle is behind everyone, the team can focus on building for this season. Let’s face it, Samson had very little input with the team that lost 100 games last season and should continue to have very little input as the baseball minds are given their space to do what they are paid to do – build a winner. If Loria can now continue to stay out of the public eye and just be an owner, and not a George Steinbrenner wannabe, then maybe this team can turn things around publicly. At any rate, Samson going down at the start is befitting a diminutive figure who thumbs his nose at the people he is trying to sell a product to. The faster he can disappear from view, the better it will be.