Now that the Pirates are a solid team, it is apparent on television that there has certainly been a hike in attendance. As a Reds fan, I saw the same thing happen last year after going to games in half-way empty GABP for years. While I enjoyed my team's successes, it drove me nuts as a fan. Why do you fans all of a sudden want to come out to games now? I remember attending games in September when the Reds were 30 games back and there were 9,000 people in the stadium!
Are any Pirates fans feeling the same way I once did? While the Pirates have not been a contender in many years, I know there are still some of you out there that always keep up with what is going on in Triple-A Indianapolis, can recite statistics and the hometowns of all of the players. You buy the Clemente jerseys, the pennants and the New Era caps.
While I dislike the Yankees/Red Sox and all of their fans it is not their fault that they have money to spend on quality free agents. Mr. Nutting would spend that kind of money if he had it! But it is the mentality of the fan that must change in order for a team to be successful and make changes. The more games you attend, the more money you put in their direction, the more money they have to spend on their payroll. A pretty simple equation considering the Pirates do a superb job in developing their minor leage talent.
There is still plenty of baseball to be played and the Pirates could fall out of first place easily. But when they do, you fans need to hang on for good and ride it. Show them the support that you show the Steelers!