Thursday, September 4, 2008

A rhetorical question


If two teams so far out of first play each other on a humid, weekday afternoon in a city where people don't care much about baseball as it is, did it ever really happen?

Ask the Braves and Marlins, who played in front of 600 fans Wednesday afternoon.

The Marlins aren't exactly known for drawing huge crowds, but just 600? Damn. It might've been cheaper to just keep the gates closed, and thus not needing to open concession stands, bathrooms, or a cleaning crew after the game.

My favorite part of the story was the announced attendance of over 11,000. I've worked in minor league baseball, and I remember day games when we barely hit double digit attendance numbers, but still announced (over the PA system, no less) crowds of over 1,000. Sure, official attendance is based on tickets sold or given away, suites, etc., and has more to do with advertising money, anyway. But "guess the attendance" on the scoreboard is always fun when you can count the fans attending on two hands, and then get to listen to everyone boo when you give the "official" number.

Here's a link to more coverage of the story.

Note from the editor:
You may have noticed that recaps haven't appeared in the past couple of days, and there are a few reasons for that. First, they're incredibly time consuming, and busier weeks of late - both work and personal - have left me with little time to sort through nightly box scores. Second, roster expansion call ups are so full of AAAA players that there are TONS of Bad Baseball worthy lines to cover. And finally, I suspect that regurgitating stats may have become a bit redundant for some of you.

Will recaps return next season? I haven't decided yet. Perhaps I'll turn it into a "worst of the week" type deal. For now, you'll see the site lean more towards presenting opinions and commentary on "bad" stories from the sports world and original content, especially with baseball winding down, and the rest of the major sports beginning (or nearing the beginning) of their seasons. "Bad Other Sports - and baseball on occasion" doesn't have quite the ring to it that just "Bad Baseball" does, but that'll inevitably be what you'll find here for the next six months or so. Just letting you all know.

In the mean time, there's still plenty of baseball yet to be played, with playoff spots up for grabs nearly every where, so there's sure to be a lot of disappointment around the league over the next few weeks. I'll be covering it all - along with increased attention paid to other sports - so keep reading!

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