Buried in the bottom of this great profile of Reds GM Walt Jocketty New York Times writer Tyler Kepner writes:
Fan support is still tepid; the Reds averaged fewer than 17,000 fans in their most recent home
series, and they rank 12th of 16 N.L. teams in attendance per game. The hope is that the Reds’
performance will increase the season-ticket base and help add to a payroll that ranked 19th in
the majors on opening day.
Wait. What? The first-place Reds, with their brand new tricked out ballpark are only getting 17,000 fans per night?
Well then, time to pack up shop. Someone tell Dusty Baker he is going to love San Antonio/Portland/Las Vegas/Southern Connecticut.
What’s that? No one is writing stories about moving the Reds because they have low attendance numbers for a first place team? I thought that was required by page 4 of the Peter Gammons handbook for covering baseball.