The Florida Marlins rank dead last in total attendance this season and second-to-last in attendance percentage, ahead of only Toronto. It's never a shock to see thousands of empty seats around Sun Life Stadium when the Fish play, but what happened on Wednesday afternoon was downright stunning.
The official box score for Game 1 of a doubleheader with the Reds didn't list an attendance number, so one fan took it upon himself to count the heads in the stands.
"Unofficial count of 347 at sunlife for first pitch…myself included!" tweeted Justin Cohen. Counted by hand. Still not the smallest crowd I've seen here … There are literally 5 sections with 5 or fewer people and 3 with 0 people at the marlins game."
Granted, the game was rescheduled due to the anticipated weather that would hit Miami on Thursday due to Hurricane Irene. Still, if tens of thousands of people can stick around Williamsport during an earthquake to watch Little Leaguers, you'd think you'd at least get a fraction of that to watch professionals play.
For the record, the Marlins scored three times in the eighth inning to pull off a comeback victory, sending all 347 fans home happy.
Is the rescheduling of this game any excuse for just 347 people to show up?
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