Thursday, September 08, 2005
Yankees Play at A's
The A's were a desperately bad team that season, losers of one hundred seventeen games and their attendance reflected that, as only one hundred eighty-four thousand people came out to see them that season. This game, however, reflected a new low as only twenty-three people showed up to the watch the A's triumph 8-2. Twenty-three! The country was smaller then,
And, truth be told, this is rather amazing. The 1996 Tigers probably weren't as bad as the 1916 A's, but they were a fairly awful squad in their own right, losing one hundred nine games and giving up more than eleven hundred runs. Their biggest star was Cecil Fielder...and they traded him in July to the Yankees. Their "closer" was Gregg Olson who collected just eight saves with an ERA over five. Their shortstop, the late Andujar Cedeno, hit .196. Compounding all that, they played in historic but by that time largely decrepit Tiger Stadium. And of course, if you were going to suffer through Tiger baseball, you might as well stay at home and listen to the best man associated with the Tigers that season, the legendary Ernie Harwell. Despite all that, they still managed to draw one million one hundred sixty eight thousand six hundred and ten people to Tiger Stadium.
Think about that. On any given day in
I wish I had a way to wrap this up, something about how this shows just how intertwined the game is our national character or some population data or something. But I don't, I'm genuinely amazed. Every day in