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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Why Don't Marlins' Fans Go to the Games?

I've always said in Philadelphia that fans will go to a cow pasture to watch a good team but won't go to a palace to watch a bad one. In recent years, Phils' fans have enjoyed a convergence of an outstanding venue and a good team.

I know that there are (major) stadium ills in South Florida, but drawing on 12,000 plus to a battle for first place in June in South Florida last night in the first game of a 3-game series between the Phillies and the Marlins? Are you serious? The joint has been jumping and packed in Philadelphia, even on iffy weather days in April and ghastly hot days in the summer (fortunately, the Phils were on the road during the recent heat wave).

Why isn't the joint jumping in Florida?

Marlins' fans have some excellent position players (Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla) and talented young pitching, so what gives? Are there not enough baseball fans? Is it that the weather is too good and that people prefer to do sports rather than watch them? Is the stadium that awful?

Sports fans shouldn't take their local good teams for granted. They may become scarce.


Anonymous The Sports Curmudgeon said...


Miami supports the Dolphins - - and just about nothing else in terms of sports teams. Even when Miami teams are winners, there are empty seats in the stands.

The NBA once suggested that the Heat change the bright orange color of the seats in their venue because as defending champs they were on TV a lot and those empty seats jumped out to viewers announcing low attendance.

Miami is one of the three or four worst sports towns in the US...

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