I'm probably going to get bashed or whatever, but oh well, I thought I would say it. I live in Louisville, and we do pretty darn good for a minor league town. Not the early days of the Redbirds or anything which were the first minor league team to draw over 1,000,000 in a season, but its pretty solid considering the current state of baseball - the Bats are always tops or near tops in attendence in the minor leagues.
What I don't understand is why the Reds recieve so much apathy in Cincinnati? Is the the distrust of the ownership over the years with a lot of broken promises (a billionare owner who wouldn't spend a penny to create a solid team), very bad payroll decisions (Eric Milton), and the expectation that the new stadium was supposed to bring in a new era, only for the team to be horrible the stadium's inaugural year?
What I point at is 42,000 strong opening day, which is always a sellout for practically every team ... but why did the attendence drop from that to around 25,000 the next two games? The Cubs usually always bring a string contingent to Cincy games also. so I'm not understanding what the deal is.
Last year before the great West Coast collapse when the Reds were 66-60, that win over Houston, only 22,000 fans showed up for that with the team currently in a playoff spot. The last game of the year last year only drew a little over 16,000, granted the Reds were dead to rights at that point pretty much, but comeon ... the last game of the year there and no one cared?
The "other" team there, the Bengals, meanwhile sold out past capacity on every game according to figures, despite finishing the season almost the exact same way the Reds did - missing the playoffs by a little and with about the same record. I can understand the NFL is more popular than MLB nowadays, but Cincinnati has typically been a baseball city yet there seems to be more support for traditionally one of the worst NFL franchises in history. Why?