As news broke that former New York Yankee superstar Derek Jeter and more than a dozen investors had bought the Miami Marlins from current owner Jeffrey Loria on Friday for $1.2 billion, fans took to social media in droves to react to the news.
For some, Jeter’s new role, which will reportedly encompass the business and baseball sides of the organization, marks a welcome departure for Loria, who has been referred to by some critics as the worst owner in sports, and who was voted in 2013 by a poll of ESPN readers as the most dishonest sports owner in the U.S.
For others, the easy comparison for Jeter is basketball legend Michael Jordan, who enjoyed a Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bulls, then went on to buy the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets.
Others simply noted how odd it would be to see Jeter, who spent his entire 20-season career with the Yankees, working for another team. Some even wondered, half-jokingly, if his loyalty to his old team might impact his performance in Miami.
Among Marlins fans, however, social media users were mostly jubiliant, predicting Jeter’s pedigree will help the Marlins attract and retain talent and potentially even lead to a World Series title, which would be the first for the team since 2003, when the Marlins beat the Yankees — and Jeter.
Still others took the time to poke fun at former Governor Jeb Bush, who recently withdrew his bid, along with other investors, to buy the team.