Let's keep this this short and sweet. Where did the Marlins Fans Go?
While watching the game between the hometown Brewers and the Florida Marlins on my raggedy blue couch, a thought swirled around in my mind.
Wasn't it just six years ago that the Fish were in the World Series, and their makeshift baseball field was filled with a capacity crowd, each of the members of the turquoise-clad group on their feet, rooting on their Marlins.
Yes, the stadium they play in is still the same dump as in that glorious title year of 2003, but the fans have not shown up.
Watching the camera's bird's eye view of the entire stadium, which held no more than 6,000 people, it appeared as if I was watching a Minor League game. Maybe I wouldn't have realized that it was a Big League game if Ryan Braun hadn't stepped up to hit.
Earlier this season, when the Brewers were in Houston, Miller Park held a "Border Battle," a show down between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Milwaukee's Class-A affiliate, and the Peoria Chiefs, the Cubs counterpart Farm Team. The game was said to have hosted around 17,000 fans.
How can two Class-A teams draw 10,000 more fans than two Major League teams, one of them in first place?
Miami is a much bigger city than Milwaukee, yet the Brewers draw many more people than the Fish, with over three million people entering the Miller Park gates in 2008.
The Marlins have won two World Series titles compared to the Brewers' none. The Marlins need fans to come to the games in order to rise to their previous form.
It is sad for Major League Baseball to see that few amount of people at a game.
Marlins fans: Start going to games and supporting your team.