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Thread: Baseball: Eagles at UL Ragin' Cajuns

  1. #31

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    Reality is, most people aren't making a decision based on watching pros vs. college. You either get into college baseball or you don't.

    Furthermore, it is a tough sell to count on attracting fans outside an hour drive radius. Baseball doesn't have the draw of all-day tailgating like football does (well, it does on Saturday's for a small contingent of folks I hang out with, but generally that is the case).

    That means that the local population has to support attendance. Lafayette is simply bigger than Statesboro. That is a factor (not the sole one). If you compare the Acadiana region to the Savannah-Statesboro region you're getting into similar territory but I'd wager the majority of the Cajuns 5000 fans aren't driving over an hour for their baseball. I could be wrong though, they are a passionate bunch.

    So if you're dependent on the local population to fill the ballpark, you better have games when it maximizes the opportunity for attendance. Friday night start times are right where they need to be. 6:30 is late enough a local fan can get off work, grab some grub and catch the game. IF the students came out most games would be settled or outcome determined by 9:30 which allows for plenty of time to go out and party. Granted, most aren't gonna come but that's college baseball.

    Saturday games are where there is a big opportunity. Earlier start times would be welcome for the fan driving >1 hr (such as myself) because getting home at near midnight isn't the best. However, you play early (anywhere from noon-5pm) and you're right in the smack of competing against rec-league ball. In essence, they (athletic admin) have to decide which fan you are trying to attract. Can't have it both ways. Plus, maybe the conference has some say in when Saturday games run. I liked when we had the 3pm start times on Saturday vs. the OOC matchups.

    Sunday start times you can't undo. Mid-week games are going to be almost always just the locals attending. So in my opinion it is pretty clear ... focus on pushing for local support and any student/long-distance traveling fans you can add on is just gravy. The athletic administration could do more in using the rec-leagues to drive attendance, IMO. Mercer gives away tickets for the kids and their parents pay a very affordable single game ticket. Puts butts in the seats, and if they even buy a single concession there is some net positive revenue that an empty seat doesn't generate. Do it for any home game. Kids love going to the ballpark in their uniforms they dirtied up on the ballfield 3 hrs prior.

    I firmly believe that if folks come out and enjoy a game they'll return. We have a nice park, just need to augment that with some additional amenities.
    Last edited by Eagle22; 7th May 2017 at 10:08 AM.
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  2. #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by GATA28 View Post
    Half of your arguement doesn't hold water - Houston is 3 hours away from Lafayette - closer than Statesboro is to the home of the Braves...
    Maybe they just don't identify with Houston sports teams? If you look at the top 5 in baseball attendance they are all in states without MLB teams.

    Regardless, college baseball is big in Louisiana. LSU leads the country in attendance almost every year, and ULL, Tulane, and La Tech are all in the top 40 in attendance as well. Heck ULL averages more in softball than most
    Hey TK! Change the culture back!

    If you think TK is the reason we don't have better non-conference football schedules, see this post.

  3. #33

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    Good start, let's pile some runs on early.
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  4. #34

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    I hope that was a missed hit-n-run, because McWhorter looked very bad trying to steal 2nd. Slid and stopped 2 feet short of the bag.
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  5. #35

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    Cal Baker goes yard. Some Cajun fan caught on the mic says "Don't get cocky". Doubt Baker has many career home runs ... as a senior who is getting limited playing time, he should relish every second of it
    “Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.” ― Vince Lombardi Jr.





  6. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle22 View Post
    Cal Baker goes yard. Some Cajun fan caught on the mic says "Don't get cocky". Doubt Baker has many career home runs ... as a senior who is getting limited playing time, he should relish every second of it
    He was probably talking about the celebration by the other guys.

  7. #37

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagle22 View Post
    Cal Baker goes yard. Some Cajun fan caught on the mic says "Don't get cocky". Doubt Baker has many career home runs ... as a senior who is getting limited playing time, he should relish every second of it
    Happy for the senior Baker!
    Rick Kinney
    Class of 1980
    Irmo, SC

  8. #38

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsu01 View Post
    He was probably talking about the celebration by the other guys.
    Perhaps. But Baker was a little more animated the closer he got to the bench. Perspective can be important ... at least they didn't do that crotch-bumping thing App did.
    “Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.” ― Vince Lombardi Jr.





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    Quote Originally Posted by gsu01 View Post
    He was probably talking about the celebration by the other guys.
    To me, the celebration looked a little tongue-in-cheek. Everyone was happy for the added run, but everyone put a little more into it since it came off the bat of a guy with maybe 2 or 3 career HRs

  10. #40

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    Why is the audio premium content today?
    "It's supposed to be fun, the man says 'Play ball!', not 'Work ball!' you know" - Willie Stargell

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