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A's See Strong Postseason Ticket Sales, But Wolff Upset With Regular-Season Crowds
Published September 18, 2013
BAD SITUATION: USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale notes the A's opening ALDS game "was sold out in 10 minutes," but "where is everyone on many of the 81 nights of the regular season?" Wolff said, "There is something wrong here. You would think that with our lead, people would want to come out, count down the magic numbers, and all that stuff. Even if you're not a loyal fan, you would think this time of year, where the teams are in the standings and where every games means something, people would come out." He continued, "It's depressing. I really expected the crowds to be huge this week. I had a player come up to me and say, 'I feel sorry you, Mr. Wolff.' I told him, 'Just keep pitching. And whatever you do, don't look into the stands.'" Nightengale notes the A's season-ticket base is around 7,000, but they "have never drawn 3 million fans and last drew more than 2.5 million fans" in '91. They will draw their "most fans this season since 2007, partly thanks to the $2 ticket night on Wednesdays, but won't hit 2 million in attendance." Wolff said, "Percentage-wise, we're doing much better." He added that the A's and Rays -- who are last in MLB in attendance -- "realize they have to move ... if they are going to attract fans" (USA TODAY, 9/18).
LEAKY PIPES: CSNBAYAREA.com's Joe Stiglich reports an O.co Coliseum bathroom yesterday "flooded in the home dugout in the middle of the game, just the latest chapter in the sewage saga that has played out at the A's home ballpark this season." A's P Jerry Blevins said, "Another O.co Coliseum flub there." He added there was a "pretty good coating" of sewage on the dugout floor (CSNBAYAREA.com, 9/18).