Sean Megens and Damian Castaneda, both 14, are athletes at Paul W. Bell Middle School who each got four free tickets from the 75 the Marlins donated to the school.
Guillermo Rodriguez and son Matias are fans of Giancarlo Stanton, but fear attendance could drop to 6,000 to 8,000 in the dog days of summer.
Friends Marvin Padilla and Felix Gaitan, who paid $29 for $60 tickets through a Marlins website promo, said they bought tickets for $1 through online aggregators in September for last-place Marlins games.
It will drop that low much sooner, Padilla said. A weekday game against the Pirates in August? Oh, man, I cant wait to see the promotions for those seats.
Friends Edith Carbonell and Stacy Wilson said the vibe last Monday against the Nationals was like that of a two-thirds-empty stadium.
It was kind of sad, said Wilson, who contrasted the atmosphere with games she has watched inside the stadiums of the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
From a community perspective, its disheartening, but I will be back, said Carbonell, who got discounted tickets at StubHub.
Six University of Miami physical therapy graduate students bought $11 first-base line tickets online and had fun on a Monday night even though the Marlins lost 10-3. When the Marlins finally scored, there was so much noise I thought an emergency had happened, said Hayley Kepner. Afterward, they got into the Clevelander club in left field for free.
Canadian tourists Jay and Kathy Black were the exception to the rule at a recent game: They paid full price for their $46 tickets via the Marlins website before their trip to Miami.
I like the stadium a lot pretty, clean, really friendly, said Jay Black of Kingston, Ontario, who grew up as an Expos fan. We were surprised at the lack of spectators here given how many Latin American players there are in baseball.
Samson said the franchise will continue to market itself aggressively and practice dynamic pricing. He often walks through the stands and converses with fans, even one who booed him last week.
I apologized, said we went all out last year, but didnt win and had to fix it and didnt mean to screw it up, said Samson, who gave the mans son an autographed ball. He shook my hand, said he will be angry for a while, but will go to some games. I said, Good, we have an understanding then.