Thursday, September 19, 2013

Wild-card playoff hypothetical

Imagine the Indians rip off six straight win against the Astros and White Sox, then take care of business in Minnsota to cap off the 2013 regular season.

Let's say the Tribe takes three of four against the Twins. A 9-1 finish would give Cleveland a 91-71 record, which would likely give it one of the two wild-card spots in the American League.

Let's also say the Indians' 91-71 record is enough to secure the first wild-card spot. That would give the Tribe a home game in a one-game playoff to advance to the divisional round.

Which would bring us to the elephant in the room, fan attendance at Indians' home games. Would a one-game playoff be a sellout at Progressive Field. I'd like to think so, but my head tells me no way.

Average attendance for Indians' home games has been a shade under 20,000. To expect 22,000 more to show up? That's a tough sell.

It will be interesting to see what happens if the above scenario unfolds. Maybe everyone - teams, the media and critics - needs to realize this might be a new era of fandom. Staying home, ordering a pizza and watching the game on a 50-inch HD TV can be just as enjoyable as being there in person.

Fans have choices. That's the reality.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Media wants to blame fans for poor attendance but in reality it is Indians fault. Bad system with no consistency. Want to buy a ticket in the right field upper deck - sorry can't do it. Want to buy a low priced ticket - sorry. Want to avoid service charges - it will take some work. Want a choice of any available seat - no way. Want to have any idea what costs what - you must jump through hoops to get the details on any specific game. Fan friendly - no way.

September 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM 

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