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kittle42
05-31-2013, 04:42 PM
The crosstown series gets about 30k a game, even at Wrigley and even on Memorial Day.

This afternoon, a lovely one, at Wrigley? Announced at 24,645, per a friend at the game.

LITTLE NELL
05-31-2013, 05:10 PM
24,000+, has to be the smallest crowd for a late May game in a couple decades.
This isn't just going on at Wrigley, the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies have stopped selling out their parks. I think the only team selling out every game right now are the Giants.

DSpivack
05-31-2013, 05:30 PM
24,000+, has to be the smallest crowd for a late May game in a couple decades.
This isn't just going on at Wrigley, the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies have stopped selling out their parks. I think the only team selling out every game right now are the Giants.

11 teams are up vs 2012, 19 down:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/current_attendance.shtml

Oddly enough, the Sox are averaging 1,000 more per game than last season. I attribute most of that to price changes.

DumpJerry
05-31-2013, 05:39 PM
11 teams are up vs 2012, 19 down:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/current_attendance.shtml

Oddly enough, the Sox are averaging 1,000 more per game than last season. I attribute most of that to price changes.
No. It is the anticipation of years from now, you can tell your kids and grandkids that you were at the game when Adam Dunn did not strike out three times. Swinging at Ball Four.

DSpivack
05-31-2013, 06:33 PM
No. It is the anticipation of years from now, you can tell your kids and grandkids that you were at the game when Adam Dunn did not strike out three times. Swinging at Ball Four.

He swung at a book? Perhaps he needs his eyes checked.

MarySwiss
05-31-2013, 07:53 PM
Back to the topic, I will have to say, "No."

In fact, I'm thinking I should have my head examined for paying for MLB Extra Innings, and I'm tempted to cancel it for the rest of the year. It's not that I can't afford the $30+ a month; it's just that it's flat-out not worth it, the way these clowns are playing. It's like paying extra for high blood pressure! :angry:

Lip Man 1
05-31-2013, 09:20 PM
Nope.

Lip

SOXPHILE
05-31-2013, 11:25 PM
I'll always care about it, but the level of interest this year is the lowest I've had in a long time. I'm usually checking for scores on my i-phone, or on the scroll at the bottom of the screen if I'm unable to watch the Sox game. This year I think I can count on one hand how often I've done that. Even as I sit here tonight watching them play in Oakland, I'm only sorta half watching.

Dan H
06-01-2013, 08:00 AM
Since the Sox won the series, Chicago teams have won one post season game. Yes, we absolutely hate losing to the Cubs but the novelty of the Sox-Cubs games has worn off. Both teams are going nowhere - again. That says it all.

EnglishChiSox
06-01-2013, 10:02 AM
The Crosstown rivalry still has a lustre somewhat internationally, 2 out of 4 games were on ESPNAmerica, 1 on bbc radio live. I put it down to European cities obsessiveness of local "Derbies."

A lot of people do that stupid thing of wearing random baseball caps that they sell in JD Sports but I still see plenty more Sox Caps than Cubs Caps.

voodoochile
06-01-2013, 10:02 AM
I was starting to when the Sox climbed back to .500 and seemed to be putting things together, but then they fell off a cliff again, so IDK. I keep them on but it's not a priority. I'm not even going to any games this weekend while they are here, though some of that is due to schedule issues and other things going on.

A. Cavatica
06-01-2013, 10:57 AM
Nope.

October26
06-01-2013, 10:57 AM
The Crosstown rivalry still has a lustre somewhat internationally, 2 out of 4 games were on ESPNAmerica, 1 on bbc radio live. I put it down to European cities obsessiveness of local "Derbies."

A lot of people do that stupid thing of wearing random baseball caps that they sell in JD Sports but I still see plenty more Sox Caps than Cubs Caps.

Great to hear that you see more Sox caps than Cubs caps. Perhaps I should go ask my husband to consider our relocation to Portsmouth, UK. :tongue:

I still care very much about White Sox baseball (and will always detest anything and everything associated with the Cubs).

jdm2662
06-01-2013, 11:41 AM
This was the first year since 1996 that both the Bulls and Blackhawks advanced past the first round. With the NHL lockout, the playoffs will end later than normal. The Bulls won a game seven on the road shorthanded, and the Blackhawks have a very good team that just came back from being down 3-1 to the Red Wings. Why this is a shock to anyone, I have no clue. It also doesn't help they introduced the Cross Town Cup for the Cubs-Sox series, making the games even a bigger embarrassment.

I want the White Sox to win, but in my > 30 days, I don't get emotionally involved in sports like I used to. I watch sports for entertainment purposes. The Sox are hardly fun to watch. It's one thing to lose when you are out pitched or out hit. But, when you play like clowns, it's not exactly good TV. My life goes on as is whether they win or lose.

wsoxfan
06-01-2013, 02:49 PM
Nope, not really. I love baseball but there's almost nothing entertaining about watching the White Sox play right now. The only 2 players worth tuning in for are Chris Sale and Jake Peavy. For me personally, as long as they keep insulting us by batting Adam Dunn cleanup for some reason, I don't really have much interesting in tuning in...

Hitmen77
06-03-2013, 10:16 AM
I don't blame fans one bit for not caring about Chicago baseball right now. That's what happens when the product on the field is garbage.

The crosstown series gets about 30k a game, even at Wrigley and even on Memorial Day.

This afternoon, a lovely one, at Wrigley? Announced at 24,645, per a friend at the game.

I know that Wrigley makes the Cubs a strong draw, but the "3 million attendance every year" is only a recent phenomenon.

My theory is that, since 1998, the Cubs have had circumstances that have pretty much perpetually boosted attendance. Beginning in '98 to about 2003, it was the Sammy Sosa show. Who cares if the Cubs sucked? They drew big crowds of people that were more thrilled by seeing a Sosa HR than seeing a Cubs win. Then the Cubs went deep in the playoffs in 2003 (before choking to Florida :D:) and that's when attendance starting going over 3M. The Trib really hyped them up in 2004 by running a countdown to the pennant at the start of the season IIRC. They started seeing some empty seats (no shows) in 2006 as the Cubs stumbled to 96 losses right after the White Sox World Series championship. But, the Trib went on a spending spree for the 2007 season and the Cubs made back to back playoff appearances. Their last decent season was 2009, so they were able to keep up the ticket sales over 3M another two seasons (even if there were a growing number of no-shows). Last year, they fell to 2.8M and i'm guessing that ticket brokers aren't gobbling up as many Cubs tickets as they used to.

....before all this began, the Cubs drew 2.1 million in 1997 and the Kerry Wood 20 K game in May 1998 had an attendance of 15,000. They probably won't sink to those levels any time soon, but people have short memories when they think the Cubs "always draw 3M even when they suck".

11 teams are up vs 2012, 19 down:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/current_attendance.shtml

Oddly enough, the Sox are averaging 1,000 more per game than last season. I attribute most of that to price changes.

They might also be benefiting from a slight boost in advanced sales thanks to last season's surprisingly competitive and fun-to-watch team. People were moaning last season that the Sox didn't see an immediate boost in attendance from their success, but teams often don't see a benefit until the following season.

I agree that better pricing has helped too.

cws05champ
06-03-2013, 10:21 AM
I DVR every game and skim through them.....I don't have the time or patience to sit through their games right now.

MeteorsSox4367
06-03-2013, 11:03 AM
Thank God for the Hawks right now and the college baseball regionals. As for the Sox, I have the games on, but I'm usually reading the paper or surfing the Internet or just doing chores around the house.

On those rare occasions when the Sox get runners on base, I'll watch, but then I get ticked off when they don't score.

Once the Hawks win the Cup, I'll need the Sox to fill about three weeks until the Trestman Era begins.

I love baseball and the Sox, but this team just isn't that fun to watch.

cards press box
06-03-2013, 12:57 PM
No, baseball is not that hot a topic right now. But, don't forget, the Hawks have had a wonderful season and are poised to make a very deep run in the playoffs, perhaps playing for a Stanley Cup. And this has always been a good hockey town.

As a kid, I recall the taverns on the South Side with signs saying "we get South Bend tv." For those not old enough to understand why that would be important, allow me to explain. The Hawks' home games were never on television. And if the Bears didn't sell out a home game, that wouldn't be on tv, either. A tv with a strong enough antenna to pick up the South Bend stations would solve both problems. So, if the Hawks were playing Montreal in a playoff game on a Sunday night in Chicago, those bars would be packed with people watching the game broadcast on the CBS (or was it NBC) broadcast from South Bend.

As long as the Blackhawk season continues, the woes of Chicago baseball are surely diminished.

doublem23
06-03-2013, 01:24 PM
And this has always been a good hockey town.

what. The Hawks, for all intents and purposes, didn't exist for almost 20 years.

kittle42
06-03-2013, 01:45 PM
what. The Hawks, for all intents and purposes, didn't exist for almost 20 years.

No kidding - it was always, um, enjoyable (?) being at the UC with the other 3,000 fans.

Steelrod
06-03-2013, 02:58 PM
Both Sox fans and Cub fans are now being tested. Will we stick with our teams thru trials and adversity, or abandon them.
Attendance falls, payrolls get cut, and then we come screaming out of the woodwork.
Me, I'm going to go to as many games as last year and support our guys. It beats seeing crummy movies. (and now costs about the same!)

Dan H
06-27-2013, 07:33 AM
Both Sox fans and Cub fans are now being tested. Will we stick with our teams thru trials and adversity, or abandon them.
Attendance falls, payrolls get cut, and then we come screaming out of the woodwork.
Me, I'm going to go to as many games as last year and support our guys. It beats seeing crummy movies. (and now costs about the same!)

The trouble is that they are almost going through adversity. At the end of this season, they will have won one World Series in the last combined 192 seasons. One World Series win almost ever other century of baseball is a lot of adversity.

Danryan
06-27-2013, 08:10 AM
first time in 20 years I'm taking a summer vacation.

MarySwiss
06-27-2013, 10:54 AM
I still love the Sox, but I've pretty much stopped watching them. I'll start up again when they get to three games back. If they ever do!

Moses_Scurry
06-27-2013, 11:14 AM
I check the box score and game progress every night. I check on here to see if there are any trades/injury updates. That's about the extent of my involvement. I haven't watched a game on TV in probably a month (although the games are hardly ever on TV here, so that's probably more why).