May 7, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Fans sit in the outfield seats during a rain delay in the eighth inning of a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Usually it's Tampa Bay that gets this treatment, but with the Indians winning, they're getting it now as well.
The Indians have drawn a league low 234,651 through Monday's games. That's 16 home dates, so the Indians are averaging 14,667 fans a game, including the Opening Day sellout. That will pick up as the weather gets warmer, but still it's indicative of a disturbing trend: the number of fans that are going to go to Indians games, rain or shine, win or lose, are a very small group now. It has to take good weather and a winning team to attract any kind of crowd now.
The Tribe's performance over the weekend is looking more impressive based on what the Rangers are doing to the Orioles. They crushed Baltimore 10-3 last night, but the story was Josh Hamilton's four home runs, tying a major-league record. There's been less four-homer games (16) than perfect games (21) in MLB history. All four of Hamilton's home runs were two-run shots, with Elvis Andrus scoring on all four home runs.
@hoynsie It wasn't his debut, just first win
(hat tip: baerga1)