The Baltimore Orioles entered the week in the thick of an exciting American League playoff race, matched up against the Boston Red Sox in a crucial four-game series at Camden Yards that would go a long way in deciding their postseason fate.
So, why is no one in Baltimore watching?
The Orioles, who entered Wednesday a half game behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the second AL wild-card spot, have gotten surprisingly poor attendance for the first two games of the series Monday and Tuesday.
It’s a puzzling development, to say the least, as Baltimore isn’t exactly a baseball-starved market. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was asked Wednesday about Camden Yards’ low turnout of late and called the situation “not sad, just, like, eerie.”
“I think there are many different sides of it,” Jones said when asked why fans aren’t showing up, via the Baltimore Sun. “It’s due to school starting, weather — which is understandable — and danger, which I don’t see. I understand but I don’t necessarily see that.”
Jones refrained from calling out Baltimore fans for their lack of support, but he didn’t completely let them off the hook, either.
“I’m not going to say I’m disappointed,” Jones said. “… We grind and grind and grind. I understand. There’s a lot of factors to it. The tickets are a little higher, but you can bring in your own food and beverages. You take in the marketing, promotions, I’m sure they’re not the best.
“I get all that, but I’m saying, the city wanted a winner. The last five years we’ve gotten a winner. I don’t know if they’ve gotten complacent on us from winning. I hope they haven’t, because winning is fun every single year. Being in this race is very exciting every single year.”
Jones also had some interesting comments about other playoff contenders — like the Red Sox — who have enjoyed much better attendance numbers.
“Every place you go, the fans are going to be there,” he added. “You go to Detroit, they were there for them. Boston, which is one of the most desirable places to be at anyway, so they’re there. I know when we go on the road to Toronto, you know they’re going to be there. They’ve been there since the trade deadline last year.”
The Orioles have a good chance of making the playoffs for the third time in just 19 years, so hopefully fans will heed Jones’ call and give their club a bit more support down the stretch.
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