Did you see this article in the Enquirer complaining about the paltry attendance lately at Great American Ballpark? I have to admit, I’m frustrated by this, too:
And in the five-team NL Central, they draw fewer fans on average than every team except the Pittsburgh Pirates, which are in last place, 19 games behind leader St. Louis. The Reds are in second place in the division, 3Ã‚Â½ games behind the Cardinals.
Sports talk show host Lance McAlister of WCKY-AM (1530) said Monday that he’s become so frustrated with the low attendance figures that he’s given up trying to analyze them.
“If being in contention, being the surprise of Major League Baseball, and – if the postseason started today – being in the playoffs isn’t enough for a town where baseball was born, I don’t know what is,” McAlister said. “If I were working for the Reds, I’d throw my hands up.”
This is frustrating to me, mainly because I’d love to be at the ballpark every single day. Unfortunately, I can’t, because I live four hours away, but I make the trip every weekend that I’m able. If I lived in the area, I’d get a nine dollar bleacher seat every night.
I love Jeff Wallner’s take on the attendance article:
I particularly liked the comment from the 22-year old fan who said the recent heat wave discouraged him from going to Reds games. Of course, the cost of parking, beer and concessions continues to be a problem.
Reds games rank in the top ten “least” expensive in baseball. We can only hope that the weather cools off so people will feel safe venturing out of their homes.
I weep for this town.
Then again, maybe Shawn is onto something:
Hey, five losing seasons in a row will do that to you. These things take time, and the media doesn’t seem to understand that. Shoot, the media took off the week of the All-Star Game. Is that reflected in the attendance numbers? People will come out this week and next, if they can take the heat. Nasty heat wave. Bring those “Free Edwin Encarnacion” signs, people!
Well, I agree with that last sentiment, certainly. And he may have a point, though I can’t really understand it because I waste way too much money every single year driving to Cincinnati over and over whether they are winning or not. I’m a Reds fan. It’s what we do.