I think that's one reason why this team offense isn't exactly "exciting".. Choo and Votto get a lot of their values from walks. Honestly, I get more excited when Bruce comes to plate. Sure, Bruce strikes out quite a bit too but he's swinging and protecting the plate. He's not watching borderline pitches go by and hoping they get called balls.
Again, this is not a criticism of Votto. He's awesome.. But understand, a Votto at bat is not something fans are going to get up on their feet in anticipation for. 7.9% of Joey's plate appearance are extra base hits. In contrast, 11.8% of Bruce's plate appearances are extra base hits.
Bruce is just more exciting, IMO. That doesn't mean he's better.
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During the school year, the kids are exhausted by the return to school without putting a weeknight baseball game on top of it. Adding a baseball game to their schedule would have ramifications for days and across their life. You just can't do it. And because it's something I do at this point in my life with the kids or not at all, that means I don't really go to September games, during the week, either.
Will I be there this weekend? Of course. And that gets to what is wrong with Ludwick's comments. Comparing Reds@Pirates on a weekend to Mets@Reds during the week isn't apples to oranges, it's apples to stones.
Plus I think kids nowadays have a lot more homework than I ever remember having.
2014 Attendance 0-3
3/31/14, 4/12/14, 8/14/15
2013 Attendance: 6-0
4/3/13, 4/16/13, 4/17/13, 8/3/13, 8/21/13, 9/7/13
The "kids are back in school" reasoning is lame -- no kid was ever killed from staying up on one or two school nights past 8 or 9 PM. I went to plenty of school night games as a child. The idea that your kid will explode or turn into a juvenile delinquent if he's out after sundown during the school year is alarmingly silly to me.
Ryan Ludwick is also lame for calling the fans out.
But, what else do you expect? There's a lot of general negativity on this Reds squad -- from Phillips mouthing off about his contract to Votto yelling naughty words whenever he has a bad AB. There's just a general bad vibe coming off this team, and there has been one all year.
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The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.
I haven't read the whole thread so I'm sure this point has been made, but I don't understand why this comes up in a year where we set an all-time attendance record. So all the previous 100+ years, the fans sucked even worse?
Maybe Ludwick had more time to think about this kind of thing, not playing most of the year.
For myself, living 5 minutes from downtown, a nice night and a lack of other plans are all it takes to get me to the yard.
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