Originally Posted by Chip R
Again, another good point but a lot of cities are in this boat as well. And that's not a problem the Reds - or any other team - can fix just by themselves. The Reds have to figure out ways to draw more people despite those issues. That series with the Dodgers only drew 108K and change despite the BRM being there, despite one of the most exciting young players in baseball coming in, despite perfect weather, despite it being the 1st place ancient rival Dodgers, despite the Reds taking 3 of 4 from StL. I was at that Saturday game. If there were 40K there, there were about 7K disguised as empty seats. There were blocks of seats all around me that were empty and the same goes for all around the stadium.
There's really nothing more the team can do, as far as I can see, short of cutting ticket prices drastically.
The Reds are one of the most fan-friendly teams in all of baseball. They'll literally let you walk out of the stadium, mid-game, and buy a sandwich at Jimmy Johns if you'd rather do that then spend money on concessions in the ballpark. They run ticket deals constantly that allow you get cheaper seats to games. The staff at games will, for the most part, bend over backwards to make sure you have a great time.
Oh, and on top of that, they've got one of the better teams in baseball and they win a ton at home.
Seriously, what more does the team have to do to get people to show up? Personally call every fan in the tri-state area and ask them nicely to drive down for a game?
At this point, my only takeaway from all this is that Reds fans are just some combination of cheap and lazy. The games are on TV every night, doing a great number in the ratings, and it's easier to sit at home and watch on your couch than it is to go down to the ballpark. It's cheaper to have a beer from your fridge and cook dinner for your kids at home than it is to go to a ballgame. The amount of planning required to make a couple sandwiches (to avoid concession costs) is just too much for Joe Redsfan to handle.
We should all stop making excuses. It's insulting to the collective intelligence.