It should be the best of times for Major League Baseball with exciting playoff races unfolding on several fronts as the regular season winds down to a precious few games.
But for several teams who are embroiled in engaging battles for post-season positioning, the indifference by the fans that apparently could care less continues to be a surprising development.
The Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays are both in the thick of the playoff hunt in the American League along with the Oakland A’s, who are on the verge of clinching the title in the West.
You wouldn’t know it by the paltry fan support all these teams have been receiving of late.
While the A’s are on track for their second consecutive division title and are probably playing their best baseball of the season, their attendance numbers have actually dropped in the month of September.
Lew Wolff, the owner of the A’s, candidly calls the dwindling baseball attendance “depressing” writes Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
“There is something wrong here,” Wolff is quoted as saying. “You would think that with our lead, people would want to come out, count down the magic numbers, and all that stuff.
“Even if you’re not a loyal fan, you would think this time of year, where the teams are in the standings, and where every game means something, people would come out.”
Posted: September 19, 2013 at 08:16 AM | 115 comment(s)
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