We’ve written plenty about the Braves’ sagging TV ratings and drop in attendance (about 3,000 a game), but until last night, I had no idea how little enthusiasm exists for this team.
Sunday’s announced attendance of 18, 191 was bad enough — I’d put the actual crowd around 13,000.
The atmosphere was downright funereal, like something you might have experienced at Fulco in 1987 or in Tampa today, though Alex Wood’s performance did eventually excite the crowd. And the booing of Bryce Harper was heartening.
Still, if a high-stakes game against your division rival cannot attract 20,000 fans don’t expect much better the rest of the way. Liberty may not care about wins and losses but they’re sure going to notice decreased revenues. And someone will likely be held accountable. Hopefully.
Of course the Braves could still surprise and reach the playoffs. The Dodgers series doesn’t look as daunting as it once did, as the Braves will avoid Kershaw and Greinke. Plus, Hanley Ramirez is on the DL.
On top of that, BK is hitting 8th, with Bonifacio leading off at SS. We’ll see what happens when Andrelton returns, likely tomorrow.
#Braves Fredi G said he’ll continue to make leadoff decision on day-to-day basis, based on “feel” and what he thinks is best lineup that day
— David O’Brien (@DOBrienAJC) August 11, 2014
Bonifacio 6, La Stella 4, Freeman 3, JUpton 7, Heyward 9, Gattis 2, Johnson 5, BUpton 8, Teheran 1