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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

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About That Pitiful Crowd at Safeco Field for Last Night's Mariners Game

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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 ...

Though the Mariners bested the Cleveland Indians 4-1, powered by home runs from Chone Figgins and Ichiro, not to mention seven strong innings from pitcher Jason Vargas, pretty much no one saw it in person. Was this because it was a Wednesday night in April? Was it because the game pitted two teams that no one really seems to care about, with the Mariners drawing an average of 22,110 fans at home games so far in 2012 (good for a ranking of 28th out of 30 teams) , and the Indians drawing an average of 18,219 at home games (last in the Majors), not to mention averaging 21,400 fans for road games (second to last in the Majors, behind only the Baltimore Orioles)? Or was it merely a fluke?

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.

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