David Samson says hes proud of securing government funding for Marlins Park, but that he wouldnt have described the accomplishment quite the way Survivor did.
The Marlins president is starring in the upcoming season of the televised endurance contest. Survivor posted a short biography of Samson on its website that included this item: Personal Claim to Fame: Got local government in Miami to contribute over 350 million dollars to a new baseball park during the recession.
With the 2009 tax-funded deal still a sore subject in Miami-Dade county commissioners complained about the Marlins deal during Wednesdays debate over extending the Miami Heats arena lease the write-up prompted a wave of mocking posts on Twitter.
In a brief interview Thursday, Samson said he doubted he said the exact words quoted in the Survivor bio, which reads like excerpts from an interview. But he didnt back off the substance of the quote.
I would have worded it in a way that was different, Samson said. I certainly would say a claim to fame, not the claim to fame, is getting a ballpark built with a public-private partnership.
My personal claim to fame is no doubt the health and happiness of my children, he continued. My top professional claim to fame is certainly being a part of the ballpark project, securing the future of the franchise forever, and having the ballpark be a successful example of a public private-partnership.
Survivor premieres on CBS on Wed., Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.