April 28, 2015

[insert Miami Marlins attendance joke here]

posted by grum@work at 03:51 PM on April 28

Of course, as the Barenaked Ladies have sung, "It's all been done before."

posted by grum@work at 03:53 PM on April 28

This means I might have more spectators watching me umpire at one of my middle school games than at the Orioles vs White Sox. I feel proud and humble.

posted by Howard_T at 05:18 PM on April 28

Of course, as the Barenaked Ladies have sung, "It's all been done before."

And before.

posted by Etrigan at 05:44 PM on April 28

CNN called this the first time in U.S. major sports for a game to be played to an audience of none.

posted by rcade at 07:03 PM on April 28

Got an empty stadium game but want some crowd noise? Georgia Dome's the place to go.

posted by beaverboard at 01:09 AM on April 29

I have seen this in a few Serie A (Italy's top tier soccer league).

Once was because of a health scare (measles outbreak or something) but more common is a sanction against either or both teams, usually fan violence or inappropriate signs.

As a soccer coach, watching on these games on TV was entertaining as you get a true feel for how much the players and coaches talk during the game.

posted by prof at 01:15 PM on April 29

I wonder if the broadcast of this game will have a delay to allow them to bleep out any inappropriate language you might not hear with a large crowd.

"Strike!"
"No [beeeeep] chance that was over the plate."

posted by grum@work at 01:35 PM on April 29

This is MLB TV's free game today.

posted by rcade at 02:09 PM on April 29

bleep out any inappropriate language

"Field of Screams" would be this game with Earl Weaver and Ozzie Guillen managing.

posted by beaverboard at 02:31 PM on April 29

I am just now realizing how much the silence in play-by-play is masked by the crowd noise. The White Sox color commentators are clearly trying hard to fill more space than they're used to. This is creepy.

posted by dfleming at 03:28 PM on April 29

Meanwhile the MLB Network has the Yankees broadcast with John Sterling, making silence seem even more attractive.

posted by yerfatma at 04:18 PM on April 29

making silence seem even more attractive.

Theme song for today's game.

posted by Bonkers at 08:04 PM on April 29

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