You’d think it wouldn’t be too hard to get people to come out to the ballpark when you are in or around first place for most of the season. But that’s not the case in Cincinnati, as the Reds are currently 13th of 16 NL teams in total attendance this season, ahead of only Washington, Pittsburgh, and Florida.
I suppose you could give them a pass for the night that the Jonas Brothers were in town, but what about in late September when they were on the verge of clinching the NL Central? On the night they clinched (in style I might add), there were about 30,000 people in attendance or roughly 75% of capacity and the next night they were congratulated with a whopping 17,000 fans. I bet more people go to Skyline Chili on a Wednesday night than that.
Despite the lack of fans at the ballpark, there were apparently enough people watching at home to notice that the Reds violated Ohio’s indoor smoking ban by toking up some victory cigars in the clubhouse (hmm. . . I wonder if Aroldis Chapman supplied them).
So let me get this straight, the Reds, a team with a rich baseball history, have not made the playoffs in 15 years, have a pitcher that can throw 105, clinch the division with a walk off home run, and not only are there empty seats in a relatively new stadium, but someone is going to call the health department to complain that there are people smoking indoors? Wow.
Maybe this is why their MVP favorite, Joey Votto, “doesn’t know” if he’s interested in signing a long term deal. If I were him, I think I’d rather sign an autograph for a Cubs fan.