Today, MLB.com published an article that seems to imply that White Sox fans are sticking by the team even in its disappointing season. Are the Sox fans results-disoriented?
I'm not singling out Sox fans, because attendance is heavily tied to winning percentage for every team. However, this article ignores two obvious and important points:
- Most seats are sold well in advance, so the owners of tickets for August and September games at U.S. Cellular had reason to believe they would be watching a contender at the time they purchased them.
- It is not at all rare to see more fans support the visiting team at the end of a game at Tropicana Field, especially when the Devil Rays are getting blown out. If this situation were a steak, it would have a thick layer of char on the surface.
I think it's a safe bet that walk-up sales will decline for the Pale Hose as the year goes on, but that wouldn't make for a good story, would it?