As a friend of mine once said…“Pitchers like Jason Knapp are hard to find!” And he still is.
‘The fans have no faith’
The Indians’ average attendance of 19,435, as of last Friday, Sept. 13, ranked 28th in Major League Baseball. That was one spot below the Houston Astros, who entered last weekend with 50 wins in 146 games.
The reasons given for the poor showings are many, but there seems to be a common theme among the Tribe’s followers — bitterness that goes back years.
“There are many layers to it,” said Tony Rizzo, a longtime Cleveland television sportscaster and current host of “The Really Big Show” on WKNR-AM, 850. “But my answer is Tribe fans are holding a grudge. Quite frankly, I don’t think it’s fair.”
Mr. Rizzo, who has bought Indians season tickets the last three years, finds the club’s failure to draw even decent crowds during a postseason race “baffling.” He dedicated two hours of a recent morning show on WKNR — “We could’ve done it for six,” Mr. Rizzo said — to the Tribe’s attendance problem.
The common complaints all were grudges from days gone by, including the trades in consecutive years of Cy Young Award winners CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee, the Dolan family that owns the team not spending money, the second-half collapses of the previous two seasons and the lack of a winning season since 2007.
Adam “the Bull” Gerstenhaber, an afternoon drive host on WKRK-FM, 92.3, concurs with his sports talk competitor.
“When it comes to the Indians, the fans have no faith,” Mr. Gerstenhaber said. “They traded two Cy Young winners, Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia. The fans haven’t gotten over that. Both of those trades were disasters.”
...“I think the largest driver of our attendance numbers are tied to our market size,” Mr. Shapiro said. “The second factor is we need to get a greater number of season tickets or advanced purchases in a city where so few people live and work downtown.
“We need to have people committed to coming downtown,” Mr. Shapiro said. “If they’re making the decision last-minute in a world where the home entertainment option is such a positive one and there is some barrier to driving downtown, then our attendance is going to suffer through that.”
Posted: September 15, 2013 at 09:38 AM | 47 comment(s)
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