A topic that has come up lately (once again) is the number of fans -- or lack thereof -- who have filled the seats at the good ol' Coli. Given their success this year, Lew Wolf was quoted yesterday by John Shea as wishing more fans would come out to support this great A's team. I understand this. Wolff has made it perfectly obvious to me that he is a business man first, and the more seats he sells, the more money he makes.
Josh Reddick, however, was also quoted on the topic. He apparently said: "It's our last homestand, and we're in first place ... We want to see all the support this city could bring. There are a lot of green seats, so it's not fun, especially at the end of the year."
Yesterday, Reddick also sent out the following Tweet:
Of course, it has happened hundreds of times before where an athlete has called out his team's fans for lack of support/attendance. But for some reason, this one boils my blood. I've been a NRAF for the last 4 years, so wasn't there for last season. But I can say that it was the most satisfying and magical regular season in my 15 years as an A's fan. If I still lived in the Bay Area, I would have shelled out the cash to come out a few extra times on top of my normal half dozen games down the home stretch.
This year is also a great year, but it's different -- the team is expected to win and has essentially secured the division. People have to budget their money, and it looks to me people are waiting to come out in full for the post season. In my mind, this is a sound financial decision and initial ticket sales indicate this to be true. And while Reddick is obviously questioning the dedication of the A's #Fansupport, I've read that the A's have already surpassed last year's total attendance.
I guess my point is this -- Reddick should shut his f-ing trap about how people choose to spend their hard-earned and limited incomes. Instead, he should focus on (a) staying on the field, and (b) producing while he's there. This bums me out because I liked Reddick as a player and was a big fan of his. I still am, but now to a much lesser degree.