Originally Posted by Cyclone792
I cancelled my package when the Reds made a decision to waive a white flag for 2009 during the offseason. My decision was one in which I was not going to reward the front office's lack of effort this offseason by committing money upfront.
Still, I attended 23 games last season and chances are I'll attend a similar amount this season. I'll just decide on a game-by-game basis.
The NL had 11 teams last season that averaged 30,000+ fans per game, and two more teams that averaged 29,000 fans per game. The Reds averaged only 25,415, and that included a big Boston interleague weekend series. I'd be shocked if they average anything near that this season.
Also, it's fairly obvious that even the [few] fans who do attend games mostly sit on their hands during the game. There's just little to no excitement in the park, even during competitive games that can go either way. I've been to enough other parks in other cities to know that this is pretty uncommon around baseball. There's just little to no atmosphere down at GABP. There are quite a few other parks around the big leagues where the fans literally hang on every play, every swing, every pitch. That's what GABP needs to be, but unfortunately it's the polar opposite.
I agree with all you say. I was upset for the exact reasons that you are, and I think the fact that Darnell McDonald opened the season in CF speaks volumes about the real problems with this team and roster make-up.
Brian Kelly showed this city what the answer to the malaise is; build a winner, and they will come.
This city led baseball in attendance during the 70's. Build another winner, and the folks will come back. I can guarantee that. This city is starved for a winner.
Some say that Reds fans are not rabid enough since we do not support and root for bad baseball teams. Well, just maybe we're smart enough not to waste our money watching bad baseball? You're a smart guy- I think you probably made a good decision. This way you can not go if the Reds truly suck, or if they're playing better, you can pick and choose which pitching match-ups to see, all the while going to the same number of games. Or not, as the case may be.