Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – After alienating his teammates on the hit TV shot Survivor, Miami Marlins president David Samson became the first contestant voted off the island.
“David is going to go home, and we all are going to feel better,” one of Samson’s teammates said to another as they decided who to vote off their team. “He is very smart, and he is a schemer.”
Samson’s quick exit from the show set in a Philippine jungle is a sure hit for Marlins haters in Miami, where the team has struggled with ticket sales on the heels of an unpopular 2009 tax-funded stadium deal and a dismal debut season at Marlins Park.
The Marlins also angered fans after owner Jeffrey Loria decided to slash payroll at the end of 2013 in an effort to rebuild his line-up.
“I consider myself the luckiest guy in the world,” Samson said after he was voted off via a 4-3 vote from the show set in Cagayan, adding that he “had no hard feelings” and that he played the game as he thought it should be played.
Samson’s squad delivered what host Jeff Probst called one of the worst lead-off performances in Survivor history, as they failed to move a cart full of treasure chests as quickly as their rivals did.
“It is unbelievable how far behind they are,” Probst said of Samson’s squad. This is “one of the worst performances out of the gate ever.”
Samson earned a spot on the “Brains” team, which lost badly to both the “Brawn” and “Beauty” squads Wednesday night.
Past seasons have seem losing players return in future episodes, so Samson —who garnered significant screen time in the first episode —may not be done with the show yet.