The crowd in Pittsburgh for the Marlins-Pirates game was embarrassingly small
The Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Miami Marlins, as well as a few fans, for a Major League Baseball game Wednesday night, in what was an embarrassing scene at PNC Park.
I said “a few fans” because wow was attendance low at one of the most beautiful ballparks in MLB.
This isn’t too much of shocker, considering both teams are well out of playoff contention.
But it runs deeper than that as the Pirates, led by owner Bob Nutting, slashed payroll last offseason from $86 million to $74 million (on Opening Day) in a move that rightly angered fans and has led many to tune the team out until something is done.
And what did that get the Pirates?
Scenes like this moments before the first pitch:
I don’t run the Pirates. If I did, this look a couple minutes before first pitch would scare the hell out of me: pic.twitter.com/eA85K7RHaP
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) September 4, 2019
According to the box score on MLB.com, 9,043 was the announced attendance. But it sure looks like a lot of those people either got stuck in traffic or opted to stay at home and do anything else with their lives.
It’s a shame what’s happened to this franchise, which went to the playoffs from 2013 to 2015 but has now become sad mess. Pittsburgh is a great sports town and deserves better than this from its MLB franchise.
The Pirates won the game on a walk-off single, but if nobody is there to see it does it really count?
The crowd of 15 people was going wild
— Zach (@zachzurch) September 5, 2019
Fans let out their frustrations about the state of their franchise:
The problem is they don’t care. They cried that if people filled the park they would invest in payroll and they didn’t. This is what they get. I won’t fall for it again.
— Christopher Knupp (@cknupp10) September 4, 2019
I think it is finally sinking in with fans! Pittsburghers work hard to earn a living and when the owner of the team can’t spend the money to produce a competitive team, why should Pittsburghers do the same to attend the games!
— Dustin Moore (@dlmoore921) September 4, 2019
Me: What time does the game start?
Pirates: What time can you be here?
— Vince Rossi (@nute67) September 4, 2019
Laughing all the Way to the Bank! pic.twitter.com/yMsjvPRZz0
— David Canter (@ripsitgood) September 4, 2019
At least they have financial flexibility!
— Johnny Derp (@_Johnny_Derp) September 5, 2019
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September 5, 2019 at 12:42AM