Fake Outrage: Jimmy Rollins unhappy with attendance numbers during a Phillies game against the Marlins in the middle of August
Last night, Jimmy Rollins fired off a tweet about the attendance at Citizens Bank Park during the Marlins-Phillies game.
Jimmy Rollins on Phillies Attendance
J-Roll’s tweet sparked a series of debates across social media and all over Philly sports talk radio this morning. People were upset with the tweet and were quick to jump all over it sharing their opinions on the matter and honestly, it was just too much “fake outrage” over the fact that Phillies fans weren’t coming out to Citizens Bank Park this season.
Why Phillies Fan Attendance Doesn’t Matter
We are currently in the midst of one of the hottest summers in Philadelphia ever.
The Phillies, although playing well, spent the last decade not making the playoffs and this season.
The Phillies are the second Wild Card team that spent two months stinking up CBP at the start of the season.
It’s the middle of August. The Delaware Valley spends a ton of time down the shore on vacation.
The game in question was a Wednesday night against the Miami Marlins, one of the worst teams in baseball.
There was an overcast, scattered showers, lightning, and humidity levels through the roof last night in South Philadelphia.
Traveling to Citizens Bank Park
None of what I said above even considers how expensive it is to go to a game and the amount of time it eats up on a weeknight. I live in Delco, if I’m heading down to Citizens Bank Park, I’m traveling at least two hours, maybe more round trip. 95 is an absolute shit show with non-stop, traffic in and out of the sports complex is always a mess too.
Cost of Attending a Phillies Game
I buy a Hall of Fame Club ticket for $40, then pay $22 for parking. If I want to drink a few beers (I do), then I’m easily adding a bar tab of roughly $75 on top of tickets and parking. That’s just for me. Imagine trying to get a family of four down to Citizens Bank Park. It’s a lot to attend a sports game these days.
The Easier Option
Last night, I got home from work, sat on my couch, cracked open a few high noons and watched the Phillies. I flicked through the channels on my TV checking out other baseball games and scores while placing a bunch of bets on my phone, then hopped on social media for The Liberty Line and fired out some game updates and tweets. The game ended and I went to bed.
It’s 2022 and much more enjoyable and convenient to watch a baseball game from home. Period.
Jimmy Rollins said nothing wrong, but timing was off
Nothing Jimmy Rollins said was wrong. There are a lot of empty seats. He’s an employee of the Phillies organization and sent a tweet out to hype of Phillies fans, saying that this team is LEGIT and he wants the bank rocking, then stating that Philadelphia has the best fans in the world.
The timing was a bit off. Again it’s the middle August and if you want to have this conversation again in September over the final weeks of the season heading into the playoffs, then maybe I would actually care.
Everyone just needs to take a deep breath. Let’s sweep the Marlins today and shift focus to the New York Mets this weekend.
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