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Old 12-13-2011, 11:18 PM   #1
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Save The Manatees: The Miami Marlins Fire Their Fat Guy Dancing Troupe

By Gus Garcia-Roberts Mon., Dec. 12 2011 at 8:00 AM


​We can understand stiffing taxpayers with a $2.6 billion invoice for a shiny new stadium. We can't even really blame the Miami Marlins for refusing to chip in for millions in parking taxes while dropping nine figures on high-priced free agents. Hey, if our county officials are so inept that you can get away with it, why not?
But firing the jiggly guys who for years have entertained fans for negligible pay? That's just cold.

When the Marlins baseball team moves to Little Havana in the spring, the Manatees -- the team's plus-size male dance troupe -- will not be invited.

The team is trying to keep the decision quiet, but several current and former big dancers confirmed it to Riptide, and one of them even started a Facebook page to try to change the team's mind.

"Save the Manatees" has 147 supporters. "It's cold," says Angel Villarreal, better known as the booty-shaking, 280-pound Chubbalicious. "We stood by them when times were tough and got people to go to the stadium. Now the Manatees are getting the rug pulled out from under them."

We hear the Mermaids -- the Marlins' stripper-esque lady cheerleaders -- are also getting their hot pants revoked. Sean Flynn, the Marlins marketing executive who oversees the troupes, did not return Riptide's call for comment.

The Manatees have been getting down since 2008. A couple of them are classically trained dancers whose voluptuous frames precluded them from traditional gigs. Some, like the 400-pound "Tiny," became pseudo-celebrities at Sun Life Stadium. ("You got to move on with life," says Tiny-- real name Nelson Dean Clark, Jr.-- who is heading to California to train to be a Border Control agent.)

For the first couple of seasons, when the Marlins worked the guys 30 games plus a weekly three-hour rehearsal, they were paid only with a pregame buffet. Later, the team added a nominal payment of $40 to $50 per game.

But the Marlins' unspoken reasoning is clear. Now that it's a true big-league team -- thanks to a royal fleecing of taxpayers -- the bush-league sideshows are being ditched. "We danced at the groundbreaking of the new stadium," says Wesley "Mac" Boozer, formerly the Scottish-themed Manatee. "It's interesting now that it's come to fruition, we've been disowned."

Laments the Manatees' 65-year-old elder statesman, Abraham "Big Rev" Thomas, who used to gyrate his 311-pound frame in a top hat and tails: "I think it's kind of crazy. I thought most of the people enjoyed the show."

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Some, like the 400-pound "Tiny," became pseudo-celebrities at Sun Life Stadium. ("You got to move on with life," says Tiny-- real name Nelson Dean Clark, Jr.-- who is heading to California to train to be a Border Control agent.)
At that size, I think our country would be better served by incorporating him into the border fence.
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"Save the Manatees" has 147 supporters. "It's cold," says Angel Villarreal, better known as the booty-shaking, 280-pound Chubbalicious. "We stood by them when times were tough and got people to go to the stadium. Now the Manatees are getting the rug pulled out from under them."
Uh, bs
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:40 AM   #4
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I'd rather save the mermaids.
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Manatee > Mermaids.

The Mermaids were the lowest tier of cheerleaders. A lot of girls in the crowd looked better than them.
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They should hire the SK Wyvern dancers.
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Manatee > Mermaids.

The Mermaids were the lowest tier of cheerleaders. A lot of girls in the crowd looked better than them.
The manatees were a pretty low tier of cheerleader. A lot of the girls in the crowd looked better than them too.
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"Save the Manatees" has 147 supporters. "It's cold," says Angel Villarreal, better known as the booty-shaking, 280-pound Chubbalicious. "We stood by them when times were tough and got people to go to the stadium. Now the Manatees are getting the rug pulled out from under them."
The only people they brought to the the stadium were their families. Not a single person ever said "I wasn't going to the Marlins game, but I really want to watch those fat guys dance for 30 seconds...".

Cutting the dance teams, and hopefully DJ, is a great move. Baseball and the ballpark are the attractions. The rest of that stuff is minor league.
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:37 AM   #9
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A lot of teams have something cheesy like sausage races, etc. I hate the Mermaids and always have but I think the Manatees had a potential place as a Saturday or Sunday special thing.
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I would hate for them to lose their jobs, but I would get rid of the Mermaids, Manatees and that annoying as hell DJ.
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They need to pay for the HR celebration and Reyes' contract.
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Well as long as they're cutting the Mermaids, I'm good with the Manatees going.
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I dont think this was anyone sole job and from what I understand they got paid jack.
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The Mermaids were the lowest tier of cheerleaders. A lot of girls in the crowd looked better than them.



I'm starting to get the feeling you say things sometimes just to get a rise out of people.
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Best news I'be heard in a while.. not a fan of cheerleaders at baseball games.
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It is good news

Get rid of the Manatees, DJ and Mermaids (in that order)
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I'm not against keeping the Manatees to have them race like they are sausages.

Otherwise, GTFO
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Mermaids > Manatees.

Are you guys serious?
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At least the Manatees offered the minute possibility of humor. The Mermaids didn't even provide that much.
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Well, considering the possibility of humor was so minute, you can say the Mermaids offered a much humor because people could make not-funny jokes about what they do when they aren't dancing at the stadium. Also, they had better-shaped boobs than the Manatees.

Logan Morrison prob thought the Manatees were a hilarious idea
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They need to pay for the HR celebration and Reyes' contract.
All eyes must be on the robot fish parade.
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There was absolutely zero humor with either group.

If I'm picking the lesser of two evils, I'm keeping the average-looking girls over the obese men.
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lolz

I would like to see your girlfriends.
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IIRC, 2 of the Mermaids were smoking hot.

That was good enough for me and my friends
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