On Monday, the day portion of a day-night doubleheader between the Pirates and Reds drew barely 2,000 fans. A day matchup between those two teams drew more fans on Wednesday ... barely. If you ever wondered what a near 50,000-person stadium would look like with 2,000 people in it, that section in the background behind Pirates starter Zach Duke is a pretty good indication. Three-six people per section, throughought the park. Yikes.
According to the Associated Press, the attendances for yesterday's day-night doubleheader between the Reds and Pirates in Cincinnati were the smallest in Great American Ballpark history. The nightcap hosted only 9,087 fans, a paltry sum for a park which can comfortably seat 42,000, particularly when you consider how many of those tickets were part of a season ticket package. If you think that's bad, brace yourself for the daytime attendance: below 2,000.
It's becoming a annual rite of summer: The Pirates deal off their most marketable and lucrative assets, stripping the team of its highest salaries and those who are in line to earn them soon. There's just one problem: The trades tend to strip Pittsburgh of all its talent, too.
July 30, 2009; 4:16 PM ET |
Categories: Pirates | Tags: Freddy Sanchez, Giants, Ian Snell, Jack Wilson, Mariners, Pirates, Ronny Cedeno, minor league baseball, prospects, trade
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