There were standout players and moments in the Dodgers-Rockies Game 163 on Monday. That includes Walker Buehler dealing, Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy both going yard, and Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story trying to hold off the inevitable with their own home runs in the ninth. But there was a true star to the show on a hot afternoon in Los Angeles, and it had nothing to do with anyone on the field.
The best part of Game 163 was all of the tweets about how few people were at Dodger Stadium to watch Colorado and LA battle to see who was heading to the Wild Card game and who would be facing the Braves in Atlanta.
The announced attendance was a little low before you even got to the photo evidence, at only 47,816 out of a possible 56,000. And calling out Los Angeles fans for not coming to watch their team play even when it’s immensely inconvenient isn’t a new tradition. It’s a tradition for media members and opposing fans alike and always will be whether it’s sensical or not.
So on Monday it was as expected as it was satisfying.
The tweets from media were as predictable as they were legion
You can set your watch by media members tweeting pictures of the empty seats, and Game 163 was no exception. Look at all these empty seats! Look at how we’re noticing the empty seats! It never gets old.
#Dodgers fans work, unlike those bums in Chicago, who attend daytime baseball games on Mondays. pic.twitter.com/7WCtpV8LLD— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) October 1, 2018
Lots of empty seats at the Dodgers game pic.twitter.com/TW85Y9L904— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) October 1, 2018
Less than an hour before game 163 @dodgers ...Stadium largely empty!!! pic.twitter.com/Dq1BovAydX— Phil Shuman (@FoxPhil) October 1, 2018
A few empty seats for this (last-minute) 163rd tiebreaker game. #Dodgers vs #Rockies. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/KH6BRDosc6— Jon Baird (@KNXBaird) October 1, 2018
Plenty of seats still available at Dodger Stadium. #dodgers #rockies pic.twitter.com/0o1LfTOnO9— Marcus Vanderberg (@marcowill) October 1, 2018
October is here. A lot of people are not. #Dodgers #Rockies pic.twitter.com/N3UYRKXO28— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 1, 2018
Of course someone compared the attendance to what it would be in Colorado with no proof of why they think that besides “Dodgers fans don’t show up other fans do.”
THIS would NOT be the case if this game was at #CoorsField.— Lionel Bienvenu (@lionelbienvenu) October 1, 2018
empty seats at Dodger Stadium.
0-0 in 3rd inning..@Rockies @DenverChannel #Rocktober pic.twitter.com/CnXDRRpjOK
Fans can notice empty seats too
Calling out LA fans for not showing up right on time is a tradition, but not one for media members to enjoy by themselves. Fans and viewers at home can do it too!
I am at Dodger Stadium for a monumental one-game playoff against the Rockies, and I have never seen Chavez Ravine so... empty? pic.twitter.com/8LBUaceyyL— Lucas Shaw (@Lucas_Shaw) October 1, 2018
Quite a difference in attendance from Wrigley Field to Dodger Stadium. #Game163— Johnny Montalbano (@MontalbanoNY) October 1, 2018
I’m thinking the Dodgers should be the WC based on fan attendance alone.— Kelly Kemnitz (@kellykemnitz) October 1, 2018
Just the best, most legitimate takes about a team’s ability to draw fans.
BUT, ACTUALLY THE DODGERS’ ATTENDANCE IS GOOD THANKS
Did you know the Dodgers routinely have the top attendance numbers in the league and that the stadium only LOOKS empty because there are so many seats? Did you? DID YOU?!
For those about to tweet about the Dodgers crowd size:— Gabriel Baumgaertner (@gbaumgaertner) October 1, 2018
1. It is exceedingly difficult to reorganize your workday to drive to Downtown L.A. at 1 p.m. on a Monday.
2. The Dodgers have top average and total attendance in baseball.
3. The stadium of 56,000 is routinely 85% full.
ESPN TV guys calling the Dodgers/Rockies game for ESPN right now, making light of the empty seats in the upper deck of Dodger Stadium. May I present Exhibit A. pic.twitter.com/n85dnKZZ1Z— Tommy Lorenzo (@sportsbooktom) October 1, 2018
Attendance just announced at Dodger Stadium as 47,816. Nice try though #fakenews— Taylor Morgan (@wolfpackpaguy) October 1, 2018
It’s the most ridiculous and inconsequential cycle of mockery and defensiveness whenever the Dodgers have a big game at an inopportune time. Or a normal game at a normal time. It really doesn’t matter, but the Game 163 attendance shaming was next level on Monday and I’m not even a little surprised.