We hear ya, brother
Oakland A's reliever Brad Ziegler griped about attendance on Tuesday. The A's are in town to play the Rays. Ziegler wrote on his Twitter page: "It's not much fun to play in front of an empty stadium in your home park."
He could've been speaking about Rays fans, but Ziegler actually was talking about the crowds in Oakland. Last season, the A's were last in the majors with an average attendance of 17,392. This season, the A's are averaging 17,641 in 14 home games. But it was interesting that the topic came up Tuesday when the Rays, despite having the best record in baseball, drew 10,825 in their game against the A's at Tropicana Field.
Rays attendance (or lack of it) was a hot topic on sports-talk radio Wednesday morning and one caller to one of the shows pointed out that Detroit, where it was 40 degrees Tuesday night and the Red Wings were on television in a Game 7 of a first-round playoff series, drew nearly as many people (22,008) as the Rays and Marlins combined (22,438).
Talking about the A's attendance problems, Ziegler told the Oakland Tribune, "When we're starting a game, and maybe four or five thousand people are in the stands at the start of a game ... I understand some come in late, but it's frustrating to be at this level and know that at Triple-A, there's twice as many fans at the game.''
The A's Triple-A Sacramento affiliate averaged 9,126 fans per game last season. As far as the Rays, look at the photo and all the empty seats behind Rays pitcher Wade Davis on Tuesday.