Go Ahead And Root For Baseball’s “Underdogs”…Their Fans Don’t

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.


About sportsattitudes

I'm Bruce. Born, raised and still outside the City of Brotherly Love. Managed (so far) to visit a dozen of our United States and Canada (twice). Addicted from birth to Television/Movies/Sports. Took three years of French and got credit for two of 'em.
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One Response to Go Ahead And Root For Baseball’s “Underdogs”…Their Fans Don’t

  1. chappy81 says:

    In some cases, I think “underdog” is a team we didn’t think could win. Like with the Cardinals in the NL, I’m rooting for them and they are a bigger market team, but they achieved underdog status when they were 9 games back. Same thing with the Rays, they were counted out by nearly everyone, but the underdog always fights back, so you hope they don’t run out of gas… I go to plenty of empty seated stadium games, so I root for the true fans of those organizations to be happy even if it’s only for a little bit…


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