Originally written September 11, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
Following a second straight loss and another pitiful attendance figure this afternoon of 12,505, Indians outfielder Michael Bourn spoke out about the small crowds when asked. “We would like to be supported a little bit more if we could. We’re two games out at the most (in the wild-card race). We’re fighting for the second wild card. … Last year they didn’t make it to this point. The extra man (fans) is a good thing to have. It gets your blood flowing a little bit. I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t believe in us. This is a totally different team, totally different atmosphere in the clubhouse. I think we deserve it. I think we deserve that chance until the last day of the season is over. Hopefully, they come out and support us during the week or the weekend. We know the Browns play on Sunday. We’ll give them their time on Sunday morning. All the other days, they’re at practice. Come on out and watch us play. That’s all we want.” The Indians are 27th in the majors in attendance, drawing just under 1.43 million fans through 73 home dates, an average of 19,535 or 45% of stadium capacity. They drew two sub-10k crowds in the homestand, all-time lows at Progressive Field in the month of September. The Indians currently sit two games out in the race for the second Wild Card slot with 17 games to play. “We’re just asking for them to come out and support us … that’s it. We’ll try to give them a good show every time they come out. The last four games have been kind of disappointing to us in here. We’re still going to play, no doubt about it. But you want that atmosphere to be rocking like they had in the 1990s. I know they were the team at that time, but we’re trying to work to be a good team.”
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