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Cubs win in front of lowest attendance since '02

Posted on: April 4, 2011 5:30 pm
By Matt Snyder

Sure, there are outliers, but usually when you watch a game involving the Cubs and Wrigley Field, it's a rarity to see more than a few empty seats. As you can see from the background of the picture here, it was a veritable ghost town in Wrigley Monday afternoon.

The paid attendance was actually 26,292, so there were thousands and thousands of no-shows. The 47-degrees and 23 m.p.h wind likely contributed to the decisions of so many people to skip out on the game. Even so, the paid attedance was the lowest figure since September of 2002. (Paul Sullivan of Chicago Tribune via Twitter)

The few who did show up saw a Cubs victory. Randy Wells served up a home run to Willie Bloomquist to open the game, but the Diamondbacks didn't score again the rest of the game. A solo home run for Alfonso Soriano tied the game in the third and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Carlos Pena in the fourth tied it up. The Cubs added two insurance runs in the eighth before Carlos Marmol bounced back from Sunday's blown save to lock it down in the ninth. It took Marmol a second to get himself into gear, too. He walked the first batter he faced and then went 2-0 to Kelly Johnson. He then settled in and didn't allow a baserunner the rest of the way.

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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:26 pm

Cubs win in front of lowest attendance since '02

(a) most people in attendance are more "Wrigley Field" fans than they are Cubs fans

 I'll say it again..............................

you wouldn't know "Most" if it kicked you in the pants!!

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:38 pm

Cubs win in front of lowest attendance since '02

Btw, if it had been sunny and 65 degrees they would've sold out - which simply proves my point further.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:37 pm

Cubs win in front of lowest attendance since '02

My original comment(s) weren't to necessarily bash the Cubs it was simply to state a few facts - (a) most people in attendance are more "Wrigley Field" fans than they are Cubs fans and (b) and true fans would've made the team's management considerably more accountable in putting a good product on the field versus only lining their own pockets.

I have no real issue with the Cubs... what's good for them is good for Chicago... but that doesn't mean the franchise can't be held completely unaccountable which has been the case for the better part of the past 50+ years.

As for a few of you trying to twist the words around to create exotic similes and arguments that are/were completely unrelated... well, that's a problem you have to get over.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 4:09 pm

Cubs win in front of lowest attendance since '02

Cubs fans don't "blindly support the team" no matter how bad they are. Only since the mid 90s have the Cubs even had above average attendance compared to the rest of the league. Since then, they had some pretty good seasons, which got fans excited about the team, which increased attendance. Now that the team appears to be on a downward trend in terms of quality, you see things like what happened yesterday, low attendance for a game.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 3:17 pm

Cubs win in front of lowest attendance since '02

Yes, I am a Brewer fan, but that doesn't mean I go to games and support the team in person when they were playing bad in the mid to late 90's. I voted no to going to games and buying merchandise when the team wasn't doing well. Things changed. Bud sold the team and current ownership has made strides to put a competitive product on the field. Brewer fans won't support the team when it puts a crappy product on the field.

The point I was making with the cubs is that no matter if they win 90 or lose 90, over the last 100 years the fans are like sheep and blindly support the team. Do you really think if wrigley was only half full half the season the team wouldn't try harder to put a competitive team on the field? Instead, you have ownership supporting a GM who is imo an incompetent boob signing players to rediculous contracts and makeing rediculous trades.

Do all teams make bad player deals? Yes, but 100 years of history show the cubs fans are the only ones who will consistently support the team, thereby generating profits for ownership and giving them no incentive to field a championship caliber team.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:57 pm

Cubs win in front of lowest attendance since '02


So you're saying if a team you support hasn't been doing well lately you should just start rooting for another team? Your profile says you're a Brewers fan. I realize the Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, but the Brewers have NEVER won a World Series. The Brewers have made the playoffs 1 time in the last 29 seasons. If you're against rooting for low quality teams, then why are you a Brewers fan?

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 1:37 pm

Cubs win in front of lowest attendance since '02

You are the sox fan that handle that the Cubs are the most popular team in the city.

Most Cubs fans ARE real fans, hence why we are not filling up the park right now. Cubs fans have finally had enough. The weather will help fill it later in the year, that's true, but that will be the case at the cell as well. Tailgating before a game is much better at the cell during a nice summer day than the stuff we have today. Plus, Wrigley is a selling point too. It's a national monument! No one comes to Chicago to see the cell. No offense, I like the place, but it is not a reason people visit Chicago.

I agree with your point that the Cubs management is horrible. That is the reason attendance dipped at the end of last year and is starting the way it is this year. Look at the attendance for the past 10 years when the Cubs looked like contenders on paper and the Wrigley was packed. It didn't matter if it was cold, raining, etc. That is not the case today. As you stated, mgmt raised ticket prices and did nothing to improve the roster other than trading for Garza. But to say no other pro team raises prices and does nothing is just talking crap. Everyone is raising prices and many times doing nothing to justify it.

Loveable Losers.....yeah we thought of that name an embrace it. Right.....And Harry Carey, so he was drunk. So what? What does that have to do with anything baseball related? How long has he been gone? How is that even relavent now.  I can't listen to Sox games because in my own personal opinion Hawk is a bumbling idiot. I know Sox fans that agree he's awful.

So based on your info, all minor league teams have stadiums filled with drunk fans that ditch half day's work to get drunk with drunk announcers with horrible management skills and they are all losers. Is that the point you are trying to make?

If you think about it, the Sox are more like a minor league team. The Cell has activities for kids. Kids days. hotdog days. Dog days. Firework days. A day for every ethnic group day. Last I checked Wrigley does not have any of these. But I actually think those are good things.

Have you been to a Sox game? If you can afford parking, you can park in a safe lot and walk to the park. Quite safe. Only time it's not is when surprise, drunk sox fans start trouble. Usually over something stupid. Yeah, people get drunk at the cell too believe it or not. Some sox fans even let their kids drink and then jump on the field and try to attack base coaches.....

Do I think the Sox have a better team? Yes.
Do I think the Cell is a good stadium? Yes.
Are the Sox managed better? Yes.
Are they second to the Cubs in popularity? Yes.
Are all your statement stupid and make no sense? Yes.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 1:36 pm

Cubs win in front of lowest attendance since '02

"Plus, I'd rather have a fan base that still supports the team no matter how good they are than have a bunch of bandwagon fans who only root for a winner."

That is the mentality that will insure the cubs never field a winner. Why should management spend to field a winner when the fans will support AAA talent and performances at the big league level and turn a massive profit?

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 1:33 pm

Cubs win in front of lowest attendance since '02

Unless cubs fans stay away in droves, management will not get the message that it is no longer acceptable to put a mediocre product on the field and still expert to rake in the profits. The (for lack of a better word) stupidity of the sheep cubs fans shelling out money for a lackluster product may finally be at an end, but I doubt it once the weather warms up.

The NFL and the players will also not be sent a message, because once the work stoppage ends, they will go back to raking in the profits as usual.

The only way to send a message to the greedy players and owners are to vote with your pocketbook and stay away from the games and the companies who advertise on the broadcasts and at the stadiums.

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:37 pm

Cubs win in front of lowest attendance since '02

Might be an eye opener to actually win some games.
Why worry about fielding a winning team when you sell out every game.
They say Big Z is nuts and a whiner but I say he's right!
It has to be frustrating to a pitcher to watch the defense let balls go to keep from getting their clothes dirty.
The pampered overpaid pansies are getting lazy and not just the Cubs.
Next thing you'll see balls go by while the defender is texting and getting a massage in center field.
PLAY BALL!!!!!!!!!!!

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