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Empty Seats...
Posted by Mike D. at 5/2/2006 7:57:00 AM
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Watching the home run highlights last night, I couldn't help but notice the many empty seats in several of the parks. I realize that attendance heats up as the weather does and once school is out, but the sparse crowd in Florida brings back memories of Les Expos in their later years...


I was thinking the exact same thing about Detroit when ESPN was showing the homers. It kind of takes the importance out of it. Of course, the melodrama's of Fenway tilted the pendulum back over to the fan's self-importance, and ESPN ate that right up. I felt like I was watching "Fever Pitch" over and over again.
Posted by jtopper at 5/2/2006 10:41:00 AM
Not only is the weather an issue, but for teams like Detroit and Cincinnati, where they're coming off of numerous consecutive losing seasons, there's usually a lag in fan response. The fans take on a "prove it to me" mentality, but also the season ticket base is so small to begin with. The year *after* the breakout season is when you usually see the attendance bump.
Posted by Erickson at 5/2/2006 11:28:00 PM
It's a long long season making early season baseball non-compelling. Meanwhile the NHL playoffs have a Game 7 tonite -- that's the antithesis of April-May baseball.
Posted by flutiefan at 5/3/2006 12:33:00 PM
yes, I'm sure hockey was very distracting for all of those Marlin fans who didn't show up. That's hilarious.
Posted by herbilk at 5/4/2006 8:57:00 AM
Hockey will never mean as much to America as baseball.

However, I agree with what the other guy said. Great teams that used to be bad often have a lag period in terms of fan interest. However, living in Dayton, I can tell you that lag period is going to be another few weeks. Everyone here is excited about the Reds this year, particularly after all the 'experts' like ESPN picked them to finish last in the division.
Posted by jmk1976 at 5/4/2006 6:05:00 PM
Look at Cleveland, we can't draw squat with a decent team.
Posted by mwardick at 5/8/2006 9:25:00 PM

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