Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Slap Hitter: Everyone to the Ballpark!

Wed, May 27, 2009 at 4:27 PM

The A's refusing to accept prosperity blew their last best chance to escape last place this afternoon, getting whupped by the plummeting Seattle Mariners today at the Coliseum in front of 30,012 fans.

30,012? The Athletics haven't drawn flies all spring and today of all days everyone shows up. Kind of makes me sad they're leaving for a road trip right now.

Was it the thought of seeing Trevor Cahill not blow a lead, because he would never get one? The unlikely prospect that Rajai Davis could hit a ball hard enough that it might sneak into the stands as a foul ball? To see some guy buy the limit of 10 hot dogs at a time and then wait behind him in shock and awe while he dressed them in ten different ways?

Nothing the A's have done thus far has worked to boost attendance. The old standbys have been stood up. Bobbleheads didn't get 20K. Fireworks? Barely that. Jason Giambi? Not so much. Interleague play? It is to laugh. Even the dollar Wednesday thing saw 40,000 plus empty seats a month ago against Texas. So why was today different from all other days?

Maybe the rattly signal from the A's radio station enjoyed a static free day. Maybe all the schools suffering budget cuts figured the kids could eat cheaper at the Coliseum than in the school cafeteria. Maybe a three-game winning streak turned the East Bay giddy. Regardless, it must have been nice to have thirty large worth of butts in the seats. For whatever reason: "The weather's great!" Or "I got laid off--what else am I going to do with my time!" Or "Isn't this the exit to the airport?!" today was a day the A's finally came close to a full house. Too bad, that like so much of the 2009 season, the A's didn't give them a helluva lot to cheer about.— Kibby Kleiman

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