Lodi News-Sentinel

A’s Kaval defends attendance woes with dig at Giants

- Alex Simon

Dave Kaval has never been shy about using Twitter to trumpet his and the A’s causes – sometimes to his own detriment. Tuesday evening, he went to new lengths to defend his team’s low attendance over the opening homestand.

As day turned to night and fans started heading to Oracle Park for the Bay Bridge Series, Kaval pointed out the “sparse attendance” the Giants were getting before the game began and in the early innings.

He quote-tweeted one fan’s picture of the stands and mentioned the Twitter account Empty Seats Galore — an account that frequently features Kaval’s A’s.

Kaval didn’t stop there, tweeting, “It is sad how few fans are at the game. Maybe the local media can look into the SF Giants marketing? Ask some questions. Get to the bottom of what is going on.”

Of course, the final attendance for the Tuesday night game for the Giants was 32,898.

That number is far from spectacula­r for the Giants. But it’s almost double what the A’s got for their home opener (17,503) and nearly nine times the number of fans the A’s drew for their lone Tuesday night home game so far this season (3,748).

The Bay Bridge Series is naturally a bigger draw than the Orioles, but if you combine the entire four-game series against Baltimore, the A’s drew 28,383. Taking the whole three-game weekend series against the Rangers into one number, Oakland only drew 27,215 fans.

The Giants got more fans in one night than the A’s drew for both of their series so far.

Tuesday was just the latest in Kaval’s attempts to use the Bay Bridge Series as a venue for some creative marketing: He’s previously put on a hat exchange for fans to trade in old Giants caps for new A’s ones, and he was instrument­al in the McCovey Cove Takeover, when A’s fans floated from Alameda to the cove behind Oracle Park and even shot T-shirts into the stadium.

Earlier in the day, Kaval quotetweet­ed a column from this news organizati­on’s Kerry Crowley highlighti­ng the attendance issues that the Giants have been facing in the aftermath of the pandemic as well as the A’s issues filling the Coliseum.

“Attendance woes at Oracle Park?” Kaval wrote. “Two waterfront ballparks would be a great way to rekindle the excitement of the Bay Bridge Series and baseball in the Bay! Howard Terminal or Bust!”

That set the stage for the rest of Kaval’s social media activity throughout Tuesday.

Kaval and the A’s have used the Giants’ park as a model for their own Howard Terminal project, arguing that a waterfront ballpark would revitalize parts of Oakland and draw bigger attendance.

 ?? JOHN MEDINA FOR THE BAY AREA NEWS GROUP ?? Oakland A's president Dave Kaval before a spring training game against the Angels on March 18 in Mesa, Ariz.
JOHN MEDINA FOR THE BAY AREA NEWS GROUP Oakland A's president Dave Kaval before a spring training game against the Angels on March 18 in Mesa, Ariz.

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