Dead horse flogging alert

Let me preface this by saying I’m an Atlanta native, and there aren’t many of those. I don’t care if you’re sick of the topic — I’m sick of this city’s a-pathetic fan base. Besides, you were warned.

Last night a little more than 18,000 people (allegedly) showed up at The Ted to watch one of the best teams in baseball. Conversely, 26,821 turned out in Denver to see the Rockies, 30 games under .500, take on the Brewers, another also-ran. Miami — MIAMI — drew a bigger crowd, by about 5,000, to watch the NL East’s two worst teams square off.

I guess school hasn’t started in Colorado or Florida.

There’s nothing new to say about this, but that doesn’t mean I have to accept the detachment. Yeah, those of us who run and read this blog are passionate, but we’re a distinct minority. The rest of the area is made up of nothing but rednecks who drool college football, carpetbaggers and trendy frontrunners. I wish they’d all move to Alabama. Or Boston.

The Braves’ ownership is partly the blame, refusing to recognize the realities of a challenging market. Instead of selling the Braves, they pimp noise and gimmicks and Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts. Instead of, say, lowering beer prices, they raise ticket prices for the games fans most want to see.

How’s that working out?

There doesn’t appear to be more than 10,000 people in the stands tonight (and yes, I’m not one of them, but I go to my fair share). The atmosphere is funereal to say the least — if I have to hear that little girl shouting “Let’s go (blank), let’s go” one more time I’m going to stick a fork in my trachea.

I’ll leave it at that.

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9 Comments on Dead horse flogging alert

  1. Tonight’s attendance: 16,247. Looked more like 6,247. KC and Seattle are home tonight — wonder if we’ll outdraw them?

  2. Jack Straw // August 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm //

    This was football country a long time before the Braves came south. In fact, it was football country precisely because there was no alternative.
    Gwinnett was rejected as the location of the new stadium because a conscious decision was made to force people downtown, but downtown Atlanta simply is not a desirable destination for your family at night.

  3. Downtown Atlanta is a helluva lot safer than it was 20 years ago when the Braves were drawing over 3 million fans.

    And who the hell wants to trek up to Lawrenceville to watch the Braves play at Lillian Webb Memorial Stadium? Meet you at Chili’s.

  4. That being said, no city did a worse job exploiting a new stadium than Atlanta. Summerhill is actually more run down now than it was when Turner Field opened.

  5. The lethargy is widespread — our page views are way down this week. I trust that none of our loyal readers are trolling UGA message boards instead.

  6. Success! We outdrew the Royals by 140. To be fair, the A’s are a big draw.

  7. rankin' rob // August 15, 2012 at 10:34 am //

    That’s pretty average attendance for the Braves on a Mon or Tue once school has started. We don’t have any superstars and we wouldn’t do a good job of marketing them if we did. Our team’s corporate owner doesn’t really care to put us over the top by adding payroll like Texas or Washington, two teams that have passed us in recent years in record and mindshare. We have one newspaper in town that covers the team on page six a day late in the paper edition and like O’Brien’s MySpace page online–please Dave let me know your favorite Wilco song instead of some statistics or speculation about the team. Nothing new going on here. I’m just glad that we’ve kept the Braves over the years and didn’t lose them to Memphis or Jacksonville or some other second rate regional city back when the economy was fat.

  8. the real big cat // August 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm //

    If there was some way for the Braves and Falcons to switch homes, you’d solve two of the biggest problems with watching sports in this town: Falcons fans would have a place to tailgate, and Braves fans could get to their park by stepping off a train instead of trying to figure out whether the shuttle is still running.

  9. gentlephilistine // August 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm //

    I don’t disagree with any of the points in your post. The Braves could and probably should draw more than they do at home in what, I think, is one of the nicer parks in the NL, but for years they haven’t drawn big crowds on weekdays, while still pulling in around 30,000 on the weekends. Friday games alone probably average out to 32-34,000 in attendance. If a division rival is in town on the weekend, sell-out crowds are still not uncommon.

    16,247 to watch the lowly Madres on a Tuesday during Fall semester ain’t bad in my opinion. The hardcore fans are still there and that’s who the Braves are playing for on those days… unfortunately I live in NYC, but I watch every single game.

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