Since 2004, we have quietly built this site. It was pretty much underground. In fact, the whole project wouldn’t have even existed if not for the lack of good conversation out there about the Marlins. Sure, there are other sites, but the members of this site were actually booted off another Marlins fan site (which, for the sake of Google indexing will remain unknown!).
Yet, our site was built with an intention to not only create a haven for Marlins fans, but also to demonstrate that the Marlins are well-represented. The Marlins have been a neglected franchise in the sense that they have a very strong, hard core group of fans that follow them religiously. The numbers, however, are overlooked by the rest of the hordes of baseball fans out there. This also leads to a lot of misconceptions about Marlins fans. Even national coverage reflects this as there remains a clear bias against the Marlins franchise clearly seen (or is it, not seen) on ESPN.
It is with this spirit, this nursing of frustration, that we have brought the MarlinsNation to light. We sought to create a site that was fun, informative and provocative while also reflecting the sophistication of Marlins fans. It also helped us express our plight to the rest of the world – as well as provide us a coping mechanism in rough times.
So now, we are bringing our site to the world. We are expanding. We are growing. With the Florida Marlins finally coming home to Miami – an official move that won’t be made until 2011 – we decided to bring our little enclave home, too.