London’s Oxford University Press, the dictionary folks, have revealed their 2012 Word of the Year. It is “omnishambles,” which is defined as, “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged and is characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.”
Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
Surely, the team’s latest salary-dump fire sale and owner Jeffrey Loria’s uncanny ability to make his customers hate him somehow inspired the invention of the word, because mere “shambles” does not go nearly far enough for this newest mess our baseball franchise has made for itself.
On the bright side, local fans, a heartbreaking Canes football loss or five interceptions in two games by Ryan Tannehill don’t seem quite as bad when juxtaposed against a baseball owner who got a new stadium built on the promise of big payrolls and competitive teams and this week seemed to renege on that and betray that faith.
Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami apparently did not get in writing any minimum standards on player payrolls as part of the stadium deal. Shockingly, that puts Loria on the honor system, which is something like asking a drunk to close up the bar at night.
Am recalling the famous line from Animal House and picturing a grinning Loria saying it to local politicians and fans: “You can’t spend your whole life worrying about your mistakes. You [screwed] up. You trusted us!”
Meanwhile, new Marlins manager Mike Redmond only has experience leading minor-league teams, which apparently will continue to be the case in 2013.Tiki Barber Jake Long