Re: Boston - the crowd is tougher than the players.
posted at 2/16/2010 12:49 PM EST
In Response to Re: Boston - the crowd is tougher than the players.
In Response to Re: Boston - the crowd is tougher than the players. : No offense man but you obviously don't know what you're talking about. What free pass? There we're so many Red Sox games pre 2000 that there were 15,000-20,000 people in the stands. Weekday games routinely drew under 10k especially in the 80's and early 90's. Some games in the 1960's had 500 people in the stands! This notion that people have that the Red Sox always sold out and were the ticket in town is completely false. Only did this cult like following really take off was in 2003 when the new ownership took over and the Red Sox started to win.
Posted by donaldisbackforonemoreshow
The 'free pass' I'm talking about is the negativity that the team never felt like the Bruins do and always had. What you are saying about Sox attendence is true, but look at their overall attendence.http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teams/rsoxatte.shtml
I see a few lean years, the 60's worst of all, but they did get over a million people in the gate 4 of those years if you count 1970 and they got over 800k in 3 of those years. Total attendence in MLB in those years averaged about 20 million.
I would call that pretty loyal attendence.
But most of all, the animousity against the bruins is pretty unfair in comparison to the Sox, whose ownership was NOT committed to winning, but first and foremost to filling up the ballpark. They did that by getting the big ego guys - and the managers were taking orders from them, not the other way around like it should be.
By catering to the fans wants, the Red Sox kept themselves out of championhsips all those years. Willie Mays? Fans don't want to see a black guy, so out he goes no matter how good he was. Meantime the Bruins put O'Ree out there and only the hardcore fans knew about that in the late 60's - 1990's.
Historically the Bruins haven't gotten the media attention they deserved in this area and now it is much worse. You get these people coming in from out of town who know nothing about hockey and are proud of it, like Dan Shaughnessy.