In case you missed it (and, let's be honest, most people did), last night's crowd at Safeco Field was small ... like, really small. Like the smallest in ballpark history. And the poor showing has people talking ...
As hard as it may be to stomach for Mariners fans, option B seems most likely.
Naturally, the poor attendance showing has led to some colorful discussion, perhaps the best of it coming from Grantland's "The Triangle," where Shane Ryan opined:
With the SafeCo Field crowd at a record low (11,343, the lowest since the stadium opened in 1999), Jason Vargas struck out seven in seven innings as the Mariners beat the Indians 4-1. Time for a new feature: angry, ignorant rants about Seattle. Ahem. Only 11,000 people? Why am I not surprised? Maybe if SafeCo Field was a Keds factory with a hipster coffee shop and Che Guevara reading poetry, they could actually fill the place. Until then, every male between 20 and 40 will probably keep rolling around in their corduroy sheets and having sex dreams about their iPads. Seattle makes me sick.
As Seattle Weekly's Keegan Hamilton pointed out during our water-cooler conversation this morning about last night's game, consistent winning by the M's might be able to attract more fans than Keds, coffee, and Che.
Maybe, anyway ...
Seattle Times' Mariners beat writer Geoff Baker tweeted some photos of last night's crowd:
Impressive showing ... for the Lingerie Football League.