Monday, July 30, 2007

Stoic Fans?

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?

Nope.

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?

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