Now, there are clearly two schools of thought about all of this. There is the absolutist version, in which no accomplishment in recorded time is more important than staying more than six hours in a baseball stadium for what ultimately would prove to be a rather disheartening and difficult-to-stomach loss.
And then there is the more flexible philosophy, which might acknowledge that some people came in summer clothes to the game, and some people brought small children, and many people no doubt had to work on Sunday (yes, people work on Sunday), and others had similar such intrusions from real life.
Do I think it looks better when a stadium is full? Obviously. Does a full stadium with pulsating energy help the home team? I guess it probably doesn’t hurt. Would I 1 million percent have been flying out the center field gate with my 7-year old daughter after four or five hours? Duh.
But we’re on the Internet right now, you and I, and the Internet does not allow for subtlety or flexibilitude, and so this was the reaction to some of the empty blue seats visible on the television and also on in-stadium photographs: BOOOOOOOOO. Also BAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Also WHAT LOOOSERS. Also WE WOULD NEVER DO THAT IN THIS AMAZING PLACE IN WHICH I HAPPEN TO LIVE/ONCE LIVED/ASPIRE TO LIVE.
Are there folks who left early wishing they had stayed for more sadness? Not likely. But laugh away, superior Internet people.
If a Giant crushed a bomb in a 3/4 empty stadium in an epic playoff game in DC, and no one is there to hear it... Does it make a sound?— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 5, 2014
You would never see empty seats behind home plate during a Red Sox playoff game. Appalling.— Scott Stossel (@SStossel) October 5, 2014
1-1, 12th inning, 1st and 2nd, 2 outs. At home. Don't see literally anyone clapping.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 5, 2014
There is literally no one there. Can't make this stuff up. They parody themselves— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 5, 2014
Regarding the stands... nobody here in D.C. makes any pretense about being a "hard core" fanbase. We're like an expansion franchise, folks.— Steve Czaban (@czabe) October 5, 2014
Early exiting Nats fans: Why? You paid $ for ticket, it's Sat., already invested 6 hrs in this, and watching potential history. Now u leave?— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) October 5, 2014
Rooting for Nats because we need new playoff blood, but if tomorrow's game in KC goes 15 I'm certain there won't be this many empty seats.— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) October 5, 2014
There were also other random jabs at Nats fans.
Natitude officially at half-staff.— Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) October 5, 2014
But as the game wound to a close, there were also a fair number of D.C. media members who spoke on behalf of the Washington sports fan.
Re: half-empty ballpark. This is a 6-hour game. Temps in the 40s. Strong wind all night at RF upper deck. Unfortunate but understandable.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) October 5, 2014
People give DC sports fans grief, but I gotta give it up for these hearty souls. Cold as hell, they're up, waving their towels 6-1/2 hours.— Mike Wise (@MikeWiseguy) October 5, 2014
Remember all those people that left early that everyone made fun of? They know DC sports.— Chad Dukes 🇺🇸 (@chaddukes) October 5, 2014