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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Few fans attend Marlins’ victory over Braves

Take your average Marlins home crowd.  Then adjust it downwards for being in September, about two weeks after they have finally fallen out of contention.  Then adjust it downwards again for being on a Wednesday afternoon, two days after Labor Day, so you know nobody took the day off because they already had Monday off.  Then adjust it downwards again for featuring the obscure (though talented) starting pitching matchup of Chris Volstad vs. Jorge Campillo, and being against the 4th-place, rookie-laden Braves.

What do you get?

Hanley Ramirez homered and doubled to lead the Florida Marlins past the Atlanta Braves 5-3 Wednesday in front of an incredibly sparse crowd of just 600 fans.

Fewer than 600 people were in Dolphin Stadium’s bright orange and aqua seats for the first pitch, leaving most of them to reflect the afternoon sun. While the official attendance, based on tickets sold, was 11,211, the ballpark was so quiet that home-plate chatter could be heard.

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 03, 2008 at 09:23 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:02 AM (#2928491)
Bottom Story of the Day.
   2. aleskel Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:21 AM (#2928508)
and 200 of them left in the 7th to beat traffic
   3. jamcadbury Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:47 AM (#2928521)
That's nothing. Look at what the Rangers did!
Only 12,882 fans, the smallest crowd for a scheduled game in the 15-year history of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, saw the shutout. The Rangers drew 9,046 for a game with Chicago in 1995, but that was a makeup game.

Newspaper guys said it was closer to 2,500.
   4. cardsfanboy Posted: September 04, 2008 at 04:18 AM (#2928563)
It's hard to believe that players wouldn't accept less money to play in a wonderful environment like this.
   5. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 04, 2008 at 04:32 AM (#2928578)
Watching the videos on, you can hear the same individual guys cheering in each of the highlights.
And when Ramirez trots around the bases for his home run, the ground-level camera shows the front row of every section as he circles, and there is NO ONE in the seats.
They didn't even have enough people to sneak up and fill front rows.
   6. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 04, 2008 at 04:36 AM (#2928583)
   7. Flynn Posted: September 04, 2008 at 04:37 AM (#2928586)
650 eh? Sounds like a Devil Rays game right now.
   8. Lujack Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:04 PM (#2928878)
I actually like going to games and being able to hear the players on the field.

I remember going to a White Sox game vs. Seattle when Griffey was still with the team. We bought upper deck seats for $10, moved down to the front row behind the Sox dugout and could hear the first base coach from our seats behind the 3rd base dugout.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:07 PM (#2928882)
Can we move them to somewhere will they will draw more fans? Someplace like Wichita, Kansas or Terre Haute, Indiana?
   10. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:11 PM (#2928888)
This sounds all kinds of cool. I'd love to go to a game like this.
   11. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:12 PM (#2928891)
Well, it appears that one of those fans was none other than Mr. Don Cheadle.
   12. Mike Emeigh Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:15 PM (#2928895)
This sounds all kinds of cool. I'd love to go to a game like this.

Try any April or early May midweek game at Five County Stadium while school is still in session. If it's warm enough, Mudcat radio broadcaster Patrick Kinas will open his window, and you can hear him in the first row of the upper deck.

-- MWE
   13. There are a lot of good people in alt-Shooty Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:15 PM (#2928896)
This sounds all kinds of cool. I'd love to go to a game like this.

Me, too. I love sparsely attended games. It's one of the joys of A's fandom. As a kid, I loved midweek night games at the 'Stick when I could get to them.
   14. Mike Emeigh Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:18 PM (#2928902)
The other night at Five County, in a game that was played under threatening skies, there were maybe 150 people in the stands. Tyler Colvin struck out on a pitch up and in and you could hear the F**K almost anywhere you were in the ballpark.

-- MWE
   15. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:23 PM (#2928912)
I went to a short season A ball game last weekend that drew 5500.

In Albany, NY.
   16. Old Matt Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:24 PM (#2928914)
As a kid, my favorite was going to late-season Phillies-Expos games at The Vet. I could run the place.
   17. GGC:BTF's Biggest Underachiever Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:32 PM (#2928931)
I wanted to find the attendance of Calder Race Course yesterday to make a comparison, but it was dark apparently.
   18. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: September 04, 2008 at 03:34 PM (#2928935)
In terms of "fans per seat" I bet a lot of Indians games at the Municipal Stadium still have this beat.

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