Giancarlo Stanton’s Home Run Derby victory broke records.
And in the process, Stanton saved Marlins fans money on future tickets in the process — albeit not as much as some originally thought.
Prior to the event, the Marlins put out a promotional offer on their website that stated, “Each time G launches a home run out of Petco Park, we’ll knock a percentage off future Marlins tickets.”
Stanton hit a single-event record 61 Monday night to become the first Marlin to win the event.
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The Marlins posted on their site Tuesday that they will honor a discount offer of 61 percent off tickets for their game against the Cardinals on July 29 at Marlins Park. The link to purchase those tickets would be posted on the team site beginning Wednesday.
But fans who clicked on the link for the original promotion thought that the discount would correlate to the total amount of home runs Stanton hit in the Derby and apply to the remaining home games.
The fine print said that the discount would be a maximum discount of 25 percent applicable to 33 remaining home games, all of which were listed below the info on the webpage.
The site stated that fans could buy tickets with such a discount for those games until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday night by entering the coupon code HRDERBY.
“The link went live after the Derby and when you clicked, the proviso was there,” Marlins president David Samson said Tuesday. “It was like a contest. It was always 25 percent [maximum] for all games but five.
“It was so historic that we came up with the idea to choose a game [July 29], present the trophy in front of the fans, and offer 61 percent discount on select tickets.”
Stanton’s historic performance shattered the previous-high of 41 home runs set by Bobby Abreu in 2005.
“I’m happy because the world now knows,” Samson said. “His ‘Q’ rating went up 61 points in one night.”
Miami Herald sportswriter Clark Spencer contributed to this report.