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The Braves are making a pretty arrogant ticket offer

Aug 29, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

For a team that choked away a playoff spot two years ago, this is either incredibly arrogant, incredibly risky or incredibly awesome. Or maybe all three at the same time:


The lead is 13 right now, so there are your $13 outfield seats. I guess it would behoove the financially responsible among Braves fans to root for just enough Braves losses for the remainder of the season which allow for tickets of $1.  Of course, the savings would be offset by purchases of antacids and possible cardiac care.

  1. bravojawja - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM


  2. myhawks1976 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    all three Craig. all three. I love it. and I’m not even a Braves fan.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      I am with 1976. I love it as well.

  3. dondada10 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    So if the Braves expand their lead in the last month, outfield tickets will go up in price? I can’t see that being great for attendance.

    With that being said, outfield seats at Citi Field are about 28 dollars. I heart NY.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      I think it would have zero effect on attendance, to be honest. Whether the lead is 10, 15 or even 20 games, that’s pretty cheap for a postseason ticket.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        … I guess I should’ve read closer, since it’s not a price for postseason tickets. Might still be a valid point, though, as $10-$20 is cheap for any game, postseason or not.

  4. cohnjusack - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Does this mean that if they fall behind in the division that Atlanta would pay you to go the game?

  5. voteforno6 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Well, they have to do something to draw fans.

    • Brian Donohue - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      yes, and there’s only one solution for all deep south teams: NASCAR races on the warning track. Sausages and dead presidents won’t do.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Don’t the Braves already have a bunch of tools racing in the outfield?

      • dondada10 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Jeff Francour?

    • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      And God knows “win a date with Chipper” would make for the worst baseball rose ceremony ever.

      • voteforno6 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Well, to be fair, they might “win” something else as well.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        If they’re lucky, it’s a compartment ring w/ arsenic in it so they can kill themselves by the dessert course.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        And old…but very good joke Philiac.
        I always heard it from the angle of the incident taking place in Ohio.
        The punch line being…”Michigan Football fan kills beloved family pet.”

        Go Blue!

    • delfiteblu - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      One of the things that drew enormous crowds in the past was the games being shown on TBS all over the country. As a 30-year + Braves fan who began watching the Braves living in Kentucky and now lives in rural Illinois, the fact that I get to watch them maybe once every two months irritates me. I’m a senior and I can’t afford MLB so mostly I get to watch them when they play the Cubs, which is rare these days or the Cards which is nauseating for so many reasons….

      I have many questions about why Fox, ESPN, and even TBS on Sundays show a winning and definitely playoff-bounc Braves’ team so rarely – you’re lucky if ESPN even gives the SCORES! But being “America’s Team” used to be what it was all about. Cubs aren’t it. Cowboys aren’t it. The BRAVES were always America’s team. And that is what drew fans to the games. I can remember when Skip and Ernie used to do “hellos” during the games to people who were there from out of town, and during the summer, many times there were more people FROM out of town than from Atlanta.

      The price of a ticket to the game is something only Make-A-Wish can afford now, and Turner Stadium is located in the heart of lovely downtown Atlanta, and – I dunno why nobody goes to the games. I hate the rare occasions I DO get to watch a game and the stands are half empty, but I CAN guarantee that during the playoffs and beyond, the seats will be filled. Not by me, unfortunately 😉 but by people who will be lucky enough to be doing the chop in person.

  6. sfm073 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Pretty sad they have to resort to this to get fans to come to the games. Atlanta has to be one of the worst sports cities in the country.

  7. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Guys: I know they’re not the Dodgers and that Atlanta is not a baseball town, but the Braves are currently 15th of 30 in attendance. That is not great for a really good baseball team, but let’s not pretend that they’re the Rays or something attendance-wise.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Indeed, they are currently outdrawing multiple teams in contention, including the Reds, the Pirates, the Orioles, the A’s, the Indians and the Rays. They have a big park and their percentage of capacity is lower, but it’s not like no one goes to their games.

      • dondada10 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        So I guess you don’t have an edit function, either.

      • greymares - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        how do you explain being outdrawn by teams in their own division that are 20 games out ?

      • NatsLady - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        Yeah, some someones go to their games. How those someones behave when they get there, well…

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        I always wonder why people always pull the tiring “where are all the fans?” adage out of the old sock drawer to try to diminish a fan base of another team. I’ve even done it myself, even wondering why I did so afterwards. I just wonder, if this psychological part of being a human comes from the same part of the brain that causes us to diminish others over race, sexuality, religion, etc. “They are different” always seems to = not as good in many people.

        Maybe there are just less Braves fans, or maybe they are just more wide spread? Who knows, who cares?

    • bravojawja - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Another factor: School started the first week of August, taking away tens of thousands of fans from the ballpark a full month before other teams have to face the same problem.

      Tonight should be a good crowd, though: it’s Dragon*Con Night!

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      The Braves started doing something called “dynamic pricing” with the OF Pavilion seats at the beginning of last year. Basically they charged more for better games and less for less desirable games – like when the Feesh come to town. So they’ve been monkeying around with ticket prices for a while now.

      I enjoy the attitude, but also can’t help but wonder at the outcry if the Red Sox tried something like that. WEEI’s phone circuits would melt down.

      • NatsLady - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        Nats do that also. “Premium games” — usually not Marlins games — carry an extra charge, including for parking.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      On a related note, it’s really tiring to hear attendance numbers being used as some sort of measuring stick for Braves fans as a whole.

      There aren’t many clubs with such a widespread fan base; they can pretty much lay claim to a majority of the southern states and have a huge (maybe the league’s biggest?) radio network to back up that assertion. The Braves have a large and very passionate fandom, and there’s plenty of evidence to support that despite how many fans in the city of Atlanta decide to go to the ballpark.

      • atlsp - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Thank you. It is not only the largest radio network in MLB (measured by number of affiliates), it is the largest in sports behind the Dallas Cowboys.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        As much as it pang’s me to admit…you nailed it Chip.
        I have always defended the Braves’ attendance records. Atlanta is a huge melting pot.
        Most Braves fans are not from (or currently living in)…the State of Georgia. You guys are spread out all over the Country. It’s precisely why (conversely)…Atlanta travels well.
        I would guess Atlanta’s attendance for away games is quite high.
        Ranking somewhere behind the Cardinals, Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox and Yankees.

      • delfiteblu - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        I wish the radio network would reach to Illinois. I can’t even get THAT.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM


        I’m also in Illinois. Some of the most worthwhile money I spend is on MLB.TV; with my Roku box, I can even listen to Jim and Don on my TV, synced up perfectly with the Fox Sports South broadcast. I don’t hate Chip and Joe, but I do prefer the radio broadcast. I have to say, though, that I still relish a long car trip that coincides with a Braves game. I just love to drive and listen to the guys call a game on the radio.

  8. hova84 - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    To all remarking about attendance numbers.. Atlanta is averaging approx. 32,000 a game this year. Yes, that’s 15th in the league but hardly sounds like they’re struggling for attendance.

  9. eagles512 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Will still be empty.

  10. sycophanticide - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Um, I am a life long Braves fan and I think this has been a pretty damn good year for attendance – comparatively speaking to the years of apathy…

    But this move is genius. The Braves have a HUGE lead in a shitty division. School is back in session. We play the Mets, Padres, Brewers, and Phillies at home to close the year (not exactly exciting home stretch baseball).

    But if I lived close enough, My family and I would be there twice a week…

  11. hockeyfan28 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Having friends who live outside Atlanta it’s basically the Braves, Georgia football, then the Falcons…..they usually don’t sell out many games but the Braves have a massive fan base a poll out last month showed that only the Red Sox and Yankees have more fans nationwide

  12. eatitfanboy - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Of course of the three options, you chose the worst one for the headline. At least you didn’t sleep through web hits 101

  13. CyclePower - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    At first I thought this gives kind of a financial disincentive to buy tickets when the team is doing well, but if you think about it, if the team slumps, tickets are cheaper, you draw more fans to cheer, which encourages better play from the team, thus increasing their prospects. It’s brilliant feedback mechanism.

    I always thought of Atlanta as a pretty good baseball town, attendance-wise or not.

  14. truthhurtssosuckit - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    To all you Atlanta hating rubes: what you don’t realize is that there are ALOT of yankee transplants down here that are still die hard fans of their hometown teams, hence the perceived attendance issues – the fans base is diluted b/c of this. I don’t blame the transplants for wanting to move here b/c A-town is a great place to live. If you lived highly desirable city like Atlanta, your team would face the same challenge. So the Braves and Falcons don’t sell out every single game….so what? The true native fans, like myself, are VERY loyal so like my username reads, the truth hurts and you can suck it.

    • stayclassybravos - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      If a team falls short in the playoffs 29 out of 30 years, and no one is there to hear it, does it name a noise?

    • voteforno6 - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      I’m uncertain as to what’s so desirable about a place that still refers to immigrants to the city as “yankees.”

      • historiophiliac - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        A visitor walking down the street sees a dog biting a youngster and rushes to its aid. Afterwards, he’s speaking with a reporter who excitedly suggests “Local man saves child from savage dog” for a headline. The man says, “I’m not from here.” The reporter says, “We can change it to ‘Good Samaritan rescues child from dog attack’ then. Where are you from?” The man says, “New York.” The headline read: “Yankee kills family pet.”

    • delfiteblu - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Your friendly note sure makes ME want to rush down and sit by you at the stadium!

  15. ramblingalb - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    It never fails that Craig will diss any form of capitalism. An empty seat is a wasted revenue source, and any thing like this is intelligent. They are way up, and deserve to use that to market their product.

    • clemente2 - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Ummm, I think he was lauding this effort. But, you know, only true-blue capitalists have reading komprehension, so you tell me, rambling.

  16. stayclassybravos - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Were they not impressed with the amount of debris thrown onto the field after the infield fly rule? This way maybe no grass will be visible after a bad recall causes them to fall short 29 of last 30 years?

    • bravojawja - Aug 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Hard to tell what team you root for since you can only identify yourself by hate (sad, really – you should get some help for that), but how many other teams have fallen short of the playoffs 20+ of the last 30 years? They’d kill to have our “problem.”

      • stayclassybravos - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        So your defending that behaviour? The only reason it doesn’t happen in the regular season is no one goes to games, unless u need a quiet place to do home work. Ahhhhh southern hospitality.

  17. geoknows - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    What happens if they actually lose the lead? Do they have to pay the fans to come?

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