Rangers Fair Weather Fans Vanishing
By Ben Dieter
By all accounts, this has been a tough year for Texas Rangers and Rangers baseball fans. Their record is atrocious, They have used a bazzillion pitchers (not and accurate stat), and when they win a series it is big news around here. While the Rangrs were going to back to back World Series their attendance went up, and now that they are scraping the bottom of the barrel in the American League, a lot of those so called “fair weather fans” are jumping off the bandwagon as fast as they can.
The Ranger are averaging 35,108 people at home this season, and you may think that doesn’t sound that bad, right? Well that is down 3,848 per game according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, and it is the third biggest drop in the majors this season behind the Phillies and the Blue Jays.
"“If the Rangers stay at this pace, the season attendance will drop by about 310,000 from 2013” Fraley says in his article."
Those of us that were with the team before and will continue to be with the team afterward don’t decided our ballpark trips based on record or season, we just love going whenever we get the chance. I know it has been a tough season, and I really don’t blame the guys who jumped on the bandwagon in 2010 for jumping off right now, and unlike other people I have read and talked to, I am okay with you guys coming back when the Rangers start winning again.
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The Rangers are going to lose 100 games this seaosn and they are going to set a team record for players used in a season, it is just going to happen. But that is not going to stop me (and probably not you) from going out to the ballpark and cheering on our Rangers. It has stopped some though, and that is to be expected.