Citizens Bank Park has looked kind of empty on more than one occasion this season.
With the way the last couple of seasons have gone for the Philadelphia Phillies, that's quite the oddity. With an impressive string of division titles, the Phillies had built themselves quite the fanbase. Philadelphia has always been a baseball city.
If you build a good team, the fans will come—and they'll be loud, supportive and a major advantage during a postseason race.
But the fans made it clear that they were growing tired of the Phillies' song and dance this season. Injuries mounted and the replacements were subpar. The organization made questionable moves and the fanbase responded in the best way it knew how—by staying home.
The Phillies' impressive sellout streak came to an end this season, and that served as the personification of the fans' displeasure.
Maybe it was motivation for the club as well.
After the streak ended, the Phillies started playing their brand of baseball again. They've been one of the best clubs in the game following the July 31 trade deadline and have somehow stormed back into postseason contention.
All of a sudden, it feels like playoff baseball in this city again. But that's just one reason not to give up on this club in 2013.