Before I get started, I want you to know that this is not an attempt to try and shame anyone into anything, this is not me calling anyone a bad Orioles fan, none of that. I think too much of that kind of stuff goes on in the Twitter age, and that's not what this is. I know you're all the best baseball fans you can be.
Instead, this is just my attempt to rally the troops to go out and support their team tonight (should David Price read this, please know I'm not comparing baseball to war, it's just something people say). These last two weeks have seen a dip in attendance, and it's one that I understand completely. Summer is coming to an end, the kids are back in school, it's hard to get out to the ballpark on a weeknight when you have to get up the next morning for work. Believe me, I get it. For folks who have an income that limits them to a set number of games per year, weekday games against the Reds and Rays when school is in isn't the prime choice.
But I'm asking you to, if you can, go to the game tonight. These Orioles are everything we could have hoped for this season. They're more than most people thought they'd get this year, myself included. On top of being talented, they are just fun. They're easy to root for, and there are only 11 more home games before the regular season is over and these Orioles head off to the playoffs. They're going to win the A.L. East. You know that, right? They may even end up with the best record in baseball.
The O's have played ten games of this 11-game home stand, and they are 8-2. That's fantastic! And you could be there to hopefully see win number nine. Due to the factors I've already mentioned, the Orioles have played four of their ten games in this home stand with less than 20,000 people in the stands. They had great crowds over the weekend, and even the small crowds during the week have been feisty and fun. But wouldn't it be great to send our team off to their road trip with a big, loud crowd who is as excited to have a good baseball team as the players are to play on one?
This is the prime time to enjoy Orioles baseball, and there are a number of ways you can go see them without breaking the bank. StubHub has almost 800 tickets listed for tonight's game, some as cheap as $6. The Orioles are still running their promotion with the American Heart Association, which allows you to save from $1.50-$18 off of the face value of your ticket to tonight's game.
Based on my rough estimate of the available tickets for tonight's game, in addition to the StubHub tickets there are about 21,000 tickets for sale through the Orioles. That means there are hopefully 25,000 people already planning on going to tonight's game. That's a great number, but wouldn't it be even better if there were 35,000 people there? Or, if you can imagine, 40,000 people?
It's going to be a gorgeous night for late summer baseball. It'll be about 82 degrees at game time with a 0% chance of rain. Chris Tillman will be on the mound for the Orioles vs. Mike Leake, and the Orioles will be looking to get the sweep, have a 9-2 home stand, and lower their magic number to at least 15. How could you not want to be there for that?