Giants struggle to put up wins this season. (Image: Kathryn Reed)

Too many people seem to only be fans when their team or player is winning.

This certainly seems to be true of Giants fans. No longer is the San Francisco stadium full. I would bet this has more to do with the standings than the prices.

When the Giants were winning World Series (2010, 2012, 2014) the ballpark was packed. Food lines were so long you were in danger of passing out from hunger or thirst before ordering.

When the Giants (and I’m guessing this is true of most teams) are not doing great, there are more giveaways and deals to be had compared to when they are atop the standings.

I get it—it’s all about supply and demand. If the seats are full, no reason to entice people with a deal. If they are empty, better get them in however you can. After all, once they are in, they are bound to spend even more money on food or merch.

I actually like the fans at the ballpark now better compared to the winning years. They are the authentic ones; not the Johnny come lately, I just want to be part of the cool crowd.

Replicas of the World Series rings at Oracle Park in San Francisco. (Image: Kathryn Reed)

During the winning years some people were in business attire, even if it was business casual. Really. Men and women. They were there to be seen, not to actually watch the game. I bet some didn’t even know how to play baseball, let alone the players or the opponents.

As they started to win it was electric and jovial because the Giants were on fire. “Torture” became the common refrain by broadcasters and fans in 2010 because the Giants never seemed to take the easy route to the win column. It was fun to chat with other fans, roll our eyes and cross our fingers hoping for the best.

But then the wins kept coming and soon the crowd changed. The feel at the ballpark was different at times. You could tell people weren’t paying attention to what was going on on the field; they were there to socialize, to be seen, not to watch baseball.

Between 2010 and 2017 the Giants sold out 530 consecutive games. Now they are lucky to sell out opening day.

One bummer about not selling out anymore is fans of visiting teams can easily score a ticket. I swear the Yankees’ fans were louder last week than those in orange and black. I tried to shout them down, but I kept hearing “Let’s go Yankees” louder than “Let’s go Giants”. That was more demoralizing than what was going on on the field.

In retrospect, I’ll take those wannabe Giants any day over another team’s fan base filling “our” seats.

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