Often times, fans file into ballparks with great excitement and anticipation, ready to see a baseball game.
Other times, attendance is pretty low, and teams struggle to draw even a halfway decent crowd.
In cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, and San Francisco, fans are invested and enjoy showing up to the ballpark, crowding the stadium with excited people in all walks of life.
But for last night’s game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics at Rickey Henderson Field, the crowd was pretty sparse.
In fact, only 2,488 fans showed up, which accounts for the most poorly attended game of the season thus far and the lowest in A’s history dating back to 1980.
The Athletics-Rays game in Oakland had an attendance of just 2,488.
It's the lowest draw of any Major League Baseball game so far this season and the lowest in franchise history since 1980. pic.twitter.com/1eTe9oK4ws
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) May 3, 2022
Where Are The Fans?
Sometimes, you just struggle to draw a decent crowd.
In Oakland, with the way things have been going, it’s understandable why so few people wanted to show up to the ballpark.
Still, this is a pretty sad number for a baseball game, especially for the A’s.
It does however, reflect how the fans feel about the ownership of the team openly tanking and not making any effort to contend.
It’s certainly going to be a long year for the A’s.
The team likely isn’t going to win many games and fans aren’t going to want to show up to see them play.
And it will probably be this way for the next couple of years in Oakland, unless they put together a plan to build a contending roster.
But seeing so few fans show up to the game should be a wakeup call for the team’s ownership group.
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