A fun annual ritual of baseball teams that have just capped off surprisingly good seasons is to capitalize–emphasis on capital–on fan enthusiasm by raising ticket prices. Another fun ritual is for baseball teams deep in the clutches of a multi-year attendance slide (such as, a run of six years of diminishing returns like the White Sox... Read more »
Kenny Williams talked a good game about attendance this week, citing the need to improve the product on the field, and market it better to fans. However, he has a long history of building the attendance shaming narrative to overcome. Click the title to read my piece on Southside Showdown.
The White Sox were swept by the Royals, and responded by sweeping the Yankees. With that, my general avoidance of individual game previews is validated. The Sox are more likely to beat good teams than they are to beat bad teams, and more likely to beat bad pitchers than they are to beat good pitchers.... Read more »
The Cubs and Sox just finished up playing the worst-attended 3-game set of the Crosstown series that U.S. Cellular Field has ever hosted–95,808 total fans. That’s already not great sounding, but the Crosstown series carries a reputation of being the one series the Sox should always be able to sell out. By that measure, clocking in at the... Read more »
Everything seems less rosy when it doesn’t have the ‘activities of a 1st-place team’ stamp on it. A Wednesday night set to be spent battling the Cubs to avoid a sweep with one of the league’s worst starters of the last month lacks a certain tinge of nobility. So does marveling at Detroit’s comeback. In... Read more »
Yup, using this photo again It’s been pretty well-covered that White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s celebrated opening of the pocketbook came with a corresponding plea for an equally generous response from fans. “$130 million doesn’t just get printed off in a secret room in the basement, you half-wits!” they seemed to plead. From “Talkin’ Baseball”... Read more »