Re: Ludwick: I'm calling fans out
Some cities have more densely populated downtowns for the do-something-after-work crowd, and more densely populated nearby suburbs for the drive-in-for-a-game-make-it-back-before-midnight crowd. You aren't going to get the Reds fans from Lexington, Columbus, Huntington, Charleston, Marietta, Athens on a weeknight.
There are a lot of empty hillsides between Reds fans. Yet some cities have nothing but fish in half their territory. So geography is only part of the story.
There's a momentum of coolness that builds attendance. Get to the postseason a couple times and it becomes a cool thing to be a part of. Except when you get humiliated one year, out of it the next, and collapse in the next. There's no momentum yet. The Reds spent most of this season in third, never really getting much closer than about 3 games out. If they had built on that run against the Cards and Dodgers and taken the top spot in the pennant race for a moment, the place would be rocking. Instead, they fumbled around against the Cubs and Brewers.
It's not as depressing as that all sounds. It's really just about momentum -- building the interest to another level.