If all goes as expected, Derek Jeter will be an owner of the Miami Marlins. It’ll be his team, and he can do what he wants – well, almost.
That ridiculous home run sculpture is staying, and there’s nothing the new ownership group can do about it … according to Miami-Dade County.
The Miami Herald spoke to Michael Spring, head of the county’s cultural affairs arm, and he explained why the sculpture is staying.
“The County commissioned and purchased the Home Run Sculpture with the public art funds generated by the ballpark project. It was designed specifically for this project and location and is permanently installed. It is not movable.”
The best part about that statement is that Spring led with the point that the sculpture is publicly funded art. Art is important, especially when that thing costs $2.5 million. But he could have just led with the sculpture being permanently installed. If it can’t physically be moved without causing damage to the stadium, then that’s probably a decent reason in itself to keep it in place.
Also, look how fun it is!
When the Marlins first unveiled the sculpture’s design, it got plenty of backlash because it was different. And baseball doesn’t like different. But it’s been five years. We’re all used to it now.
Marlins Park just wouldn’t be the same without that sculpture serving as t arget practice for Giancarlo Stanton’s majestic homers.
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