Originally Posted by Santo Alcala
I think it's sad, but I don't think it's hilarious at all. If this franchise is ever in danger of moving or being contracted, and I wouldn't dismiss that possibility over the next 20-30 years as baseball continues to discard notions of tradition and seeks to globalize the game, it will be because this town ceased to care. At opening day, I saw more "fans", beer in hand with their backs turned to the field, than people paying attention to the game. As a Cincinnatian and a lifelong Reds fan, that is anything but "hilarious". It is imperative that the club make some kind of championship run soon.
You're right it is sad, and I agree with you on that.
Maybe hilarious is too strong of a word, but it is absolutely undeniable that baseball season in Cincinnati pretty much consists of one day in early April. Every single season baseball dies in Cincinnati the day after Opening Day. This is a city that couldn't sell out NLCS games the last time the Reds were in the playoffs. It's also a city that had lingering attendance problems during the late summer months of the 1999 playoff race.
Unfortunately this isn't a new problem, and now it seems to be getting much worse. The aura of a new stadium is long gone - though I will credit the Reds on doing a nice job sprucing up Lindner's Barren Pole Barn that he originally built. This is also now the first season the Reds find themselves without Griffey and Dunn, who despite being lightning rods, probably helped pull in a few extra fans each night.