A’s attendance woes reaching historic, embarrassing stage

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – MAY 18: Oakland Athletics Chad Pinder (10) pitches for the first time against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning of their MLB game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Pinder who plays as left fielder, pitched the last inning allowing three runs in their 14-4 loss to the twins. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Those expansive, dark green tarps covering Mount Davis at the Coliseum do more than pay homage to the A’s glory days. They help hide part of the most unflattering story during the team’s five-plus decades in Oakland.

Besides displaying the names and numbers of the A’s greatest players, the tarps exist to provide permanent cover for thousands of the ballpark’s empty seats. But it would take a lot more of that vinyl mesh to mask the A’s current crisis-level attendance problems.

There’s no secret why people aren’t showing up to their aging, dilapidated home. It’s A’s ownership dismantling a playoff-caliber roster in the name of future sustainability, while drastically raising season ticket prices amid an ongoing threat to move to Las Vegas, if it can’t get a new stadium at the Port of Oakland. To A’s fans, that’s three strikes — and all but the team’s most imperturbable followers are out.

It’s been so bad in Oakland that former team executive Andy Dolich found himself compelled to see firsthand what’s happened to the franchise he once helped…

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