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I was at the home opener, plenty early for the start of the ceremonies, and from the moment I entered the park, something just seemed to be wrong from the other home openers I've attended. I get that Utley and Howard were both injured. So what, it's still Opening Day at the park. Yet the crowd was absolutely awful and there was no energy.
The Clydesdales led the parade into the park and the team entered, walking through Ashburn Alley only to be cheered on by maybe 10,000 people, not even one-fourth of the park. This was about 35 minutes before the 1pm scheduled game time, so it's not like they did this five hours before the game and it was unrealistic to expect people there.
Nothing changed except for maybe another 10,000 entering the park for the introduction of the five-time NL East champs. Once the game started, there still wasn't much of anything. A very disappointing effort by the those who (didn't) show up for the big day.
And it's not as if the lack of offense killed the vibe. It wasn't even there before Anibal Sanchez (who is a good pitcher anyway) took the mound against them.
I was at PNC Park for the Pirates' Opening Day, a game in which they scored zero runs, and there was a noticeable vibe of excitement and at least interest there. So offense wasn't the issue.
Is it as much as a non-issue as people seem to make it to be? I think it does lead to something. Each season since 2008, the atmosphere at the park seems to get worse, and it eventually leads to fewer results. More on that come playoff time, but let's at least acknowledge the team.
Come on, it was the home opener.