Friday, May 23, 2014

Is Get-Away Day Turnout An Increasing Trend?

Does This Look Like 36,018 To You?
If you look at the box score, yesterday's attendance at Fenway Park was 36,018. However, anyone who was either there or watching on TV could clearly see that the real number was significantly less than that "paid attendance" fiction. As the Red Sox coughed up their seventh straight loss—and failed to win on the entire homestand—yesterday's "get-away" day turnout may be indicative of a trend. Increasingly, Fenway is populated by what we might call The Oblivious Fan—present only to socialize, text, drink too much watered-down beer and generally be a pain-in-the-ass to the fewer and fewer true fans in attendance. This phenomenon is the natural follow-on to a World Series Championship—front-running know-nothings coming out of the woodwork to glom onto the "coolness" of being a "fan". It will be interesting to see if this continues through the Summer.