I’m sure you noticed the guy behind home plate during Game 1 last night wearing the bright orange Miami Marlins gear. His name is Laurence Leavy, and he’s a lawyer from Miami who makes a point of (a) getting expensive seats to sporting events; and (b) wearing his Marlins gear while sitting in them.
It seems the Royals noticed him too and did their best to try to get him to change his clothes. As the Miami Herald reports, Levy told them to pound sand:
“The owner of the Royals was extremely upset that I was there,” Leavy said.
They offered him a private suite if he would move.
They tried enticing him with free World Series goodies if he would get rid of the orange jersey.
No way, Marlins Man said.
He paid $8,000 for that primo seat and he wasn’t about to give it up.
We saw a story like this last year when the Diamondbacks tried to entice a fan clad in Dodgers gear at Chase Field to change clothes too. It was the same deal: better seats if they wouldn’t change and free gear and drinks if they did. In that case the fan changed. Based on how many big ticket sporting events he goes to, Leavy does not seem to be hurting for money, so he declined.
Personally: I’d change. Hell, I wear stuff from teams I don’t root for all the time, either to get a different fan experience or, in some cases, to troll people. If someone wants to give me free stuff or a beer, just show me the way to the changing room.
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