Quote of the day from Arizona Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall, courtesy of USA Today:
“We talk about it every day in the front office. We’d have a much better chance to sell the place out if we have home-field advantage and open on the weekend.”
See…the Diamondbacks fear if they start the post-season on the road they might not be able to sell out weekday home games.
Meanwhile…the Tampa Bay Rays are storming through September with more fish in their aquarium than people in the stands. Seriously, the attendance figures from the “Rays Tank” far exceed the bodies in the seats. And for that matter, humans in the “Trop” are sporting Yankee and Red Sox caps anyway.
Since my Philadelphia Phillies have now joined the ranks of the big-market, big-spending teams in recent years and now become part of the “establishment” to romantics who want to see “underdogs” with allegedly fewer resources make the playoffs, maybe I’m a little more sensitive to this.
Phillies’ fans came out in droves to see miserable teams for decades before we started to make it rain money. And now, a playoff ticket is worth more around here than the finest of cheese steaks.
Well…maybe that’s a push.
Anyway, let’s try not to feel too warm and fuzzy for these “underdogs.”
Their own fans don’t.