I never understand the annual “blame the fans” articles…from guys who haven’t paid for a ticket in 40 years.
Here’s McCoy’s version in his Q&A, headlined “True fans go to games.”
QUESTION Ã¢â‚¬â€ With perennial great players like Jason LaRue and Ken Griffey Jr. on the roster, why are the Cincinnati Reds near the bottom both in home and road attendance? Ã¢â‚¬â€ Dave, Miamisburg/Centerville/Beavercreek.
ANSWER Ã¢â‚¬â€ Because clods like you never come to the games. You watch on television and listen on the radio Ã¢â‚¬â€ although with some of your comments I doubt you do even that Ã¢â‚¬â€ and make excuses why you don’t go to games. It’s too cold in April, it’s too hot in July, no parking, nothing to do in Cincinnati, the beer is too expensive, the ushers make you sit down, the moon is in the fourth house, the dog ate your tickets and you can’t find any more freebies.
I don’t get it.Ã‚Â Roger Ebert doesn’t write an annual column blasting movie watchers for the decline in box office receipts.Ã‚Â Why do McCoy, Daugherty, et al feel obliged to shame people into going to the ballpark?Ã‚Â Is it so bad to watch the games on TV or listen to the radio?Ã‚Â Last I heard, teams receive revenue from those sources, based on the number of viewers/listeners.
And calling someone a “clod”?Ã‚Â I haven’t seen that word since I stopped reading Mad.