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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Royals Walk Off; Ned Yost Complains About Attendance

Pretty disappointing crowd, but perhaps this walk-off will wake Kansas City up.

Alex Gordon’s ninth-inning, two-run homer was all the Royals needed in a spectacular 2-1 win over the Twins that preserved a 1.5-game lead in the division. But after the game, Yost took issue with the fact that only 13,847 fans were there to see it. The Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger has the full text of what he calls Yost’s “rant.” Some highlights:

   “I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game?”

   “It’s really, really important we have our fans behind us at the stadium.”

   “We had a great crowd last night, and I was kind of hoping we’d have another great crowd tonight, and we really didn’t.”

   “We’ve been working hard to make our fans happy and make our fans proud for a lot of years, and we’d like them out here to enjoy a night like this with us. Because this was a special night. This was a fun night. I just wish there could’ve been more out here to enjoy it with us.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: attendance, ned yost, royals

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   1. Rough Carrigan Posted: August 27, 2014 at 12:56 PM (#4779992)
Ned,
Your franchise crapped on its fans for 20+ years. Cut those fans a little slack if they're a day or two late in showing up again.
   2. Curse of the Andino Posted: August 27, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4780127)
Orioles, in first by 7 and competitive for three years now, had like 10k people on Monday.
   3. Ron J2 Posted: August 27, 2014 at 03:47 PM (#4780185)
#2 From what I can tell, there's roughly no revenue advantage for being in contention.

Marginal revenue appears to be a largely function of how good the fans expect the team to be (a mix of payroll and previous year's record) plus recent playoff success. (Well actually it seems to be a two part question. Did they make the playoffs and did they win the World Series. Playoff success short of winning the World Series doesn't seem to matter that much)

The record in the current season matters, but much, much less than what's happened in recent years.

   4. BDC Posted: August 27, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4780193)
So I can look forward to being the only fan at a lot of Ranger games next year.
   5. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 27, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4780274)
the 1983 brewers killed it at the box office

And until swooning late it was a great shown
   6. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: August 27, 2014 at 06:59 PM (#4780339)
Yeah - it's always a year later than you'd like. That's why consistent contention is so important.
   7. DKDC Posted: August 27, 2014 at 07:07 PM (#4780349)
#2,

I was at the game, it was closer to 15K, but it was definitely a sparse crowd.

If the Os are drawing that few in ANY game, it means the marketing team screwed up. It's not hard to predict what these softer days are going to be - weekday games during the school year against teams that have a weak fanbase.

But for Mondays game, there were no giveaways or discounted tickets or food or drink deals or any attempt to encourage more fans to come out to the ballpark. In fact, I tried to buy tickets for the game online and was being charged egregious convienence charges that were 30% the price of a ticket, so I gave up and just bought tickets on stubhub.

   8. Bunny Vincennes Posted: August 28, 2014 at 06:21 AM (#4780647)
Wait, Baltimore has a flagging attendance situation? I was there just last summer and it was 105F outside and humid, I know, its Baltimore but the stadium was packed. I'd have to check my scorecard but it was a full park for a Fri-Sun series. I should have enjoyed the heat more, had I known the winter of unrelenting hell was almost upon us.
   9. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: August 28, 2014 at 08:07 AM (#4780664)
Obviously, Royals fans don't deserve a division-winning team. So, they should drop out of the pennant race now.
   10. McCoy Posted: August 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM (#4780701)
But for Mondays game, there were no giveaways or discounted tickets or food or drink deals or any attempt to encourage more fans to come out to the ballpark. In fact, I tried to buy tickets for the game online and was being charged egregious convienence charges that were 30% the price of a ticket, so I gave up and just bought tickets on stubhub.

Monday is alwasys dreadful in regards to attendance for the Orioles. It doesn't really matter who they draw it is always crap. They had the Yankees on Monday the 11th that was supposedly over 34,000 but I bet the number of people that actually showed up was in the 20,000's. Mondays are just the worst day of the week attendance wise.

As for this week it is the first week of school. People and families are preoccupied and they aren't traveling around the country on vacation anymore. The Orioles are on pace to have a higher attendance this year than last year.

Baltimore has been drawing well on the weekends and I would expect they will draw well over the labor day weekend. It will be interesting to see if this Friday will be as crazy as the Friday before Memorial Day was.
   11. The District Attorney Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:18 AM (#4783083)
Addendum:
“The crowds have been fantastic,” Yost said. “I think it’s got [the players] juiced up. They want to really perform for them. And that never works. You’ve got to stay disciplined.”
   12. McCoy Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:27 AM (#4783085)
Yeah, go figure that a holiday weekend features large crowds.
   13. bobm Posted: September 01, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4783097)
[11]
The Royals hosted ESPN2’s “Sunday Night Baseball” for the first time since July 22, 2001.

   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 01, 2014 at 01:50 PM (#4783157)
100,000 people showed up to see the Royals over the weekend, and the team held the lead for exactly 1.5 innings.

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