Calling (out) the fans

Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall sat at the podium, and was asked, as he’s been asked many times before, to give a statement about the game. In this situation it was last night’s 10-3 win over Southern Mississippi, which means the two teams will play again tonight to advance to the Super Regional against Florida.

“I just want to start out first by thanking the fans that did show up. I want to thank them. I hope that they’ll go home and tell their friends what great play they saw out of the Yellow Jackets today. And maybe tomorrow night well have more fans rooting for Georgia Tech than Southern Miss had rooting for their team since we are hosting the regional.”

If you weren’t at the game, Hall wasn’t coming out of left field, so to speak.

A beat reporter for Southern Miss said that the school sold about 600 tickets for tonight’s game. The announced attendance was about 1,300. 

Southern Miss’ fans were certainly more loud than Tech’s. A Tech player tried to get the fans going just before the game, and there was some reaction.

But the Eagles’ fans cheered loud and often. Tech’s fans clapped in unison a couple of times, and got loud on a couple of occasions, but it was nothing like the Eagles’ fans.

After Hall’s opening statement, outfielder Luke Murton, a senior, was asked about the fans. If Hall took it to 10, Murton pushed it to 11 by comparing Tech’s fans to Georgia’s.

“Like Coach Hall said, first, I want to thank the fans that were here. they did a good job here tonight and they did a good job supporting and cheering us in the first two games. I came out for the first game and we were kind of  stretching, and you know we were paying attention to the crowd to see how many people we had. We had a great crowd the first night. [Tonight] I said to [Chris] House, I said “man, I’m just shocked that there’s nobody out here.” We’re 1-1 and we’re a great team and we played well all year and obviously we’re a host.

“I was pretty shocked tonight. I go back to last year and were at a different regional across town and we were 2-0 and we were coming to play the night game and Georgia was 1-1 and their stadium was packed. You know, I just wish that we would have had a little more support today. I’d like to thank the fans that were here. They did a great job.”

And then the questions turned to the game.

Normally, I don’t think much about what the fans are doing, saying or chanting. I’m usually trying to focus on the game, or the blog, or reviewing notes, etc. But before Saturday’s game I turned to one of the other reporters and said I think the stadium might be close to 50-50, which was noticeably odd. There was a lot of Southern Miss’ bright gold, when also looking for Tech’s old gold.

The two teams will start at 7 p.m. tonight. All-American Deck McGuire will take the mound for the Jackets as they try to advance out of the loser’s bracket for the first time.

40 comments Add your comment

GT fan ....

June 1st, 2009
12:51 am

I’m ashamed …. too many Tech fans in the metro area to not have a packed stadium today & tonight. SAD, SAD, SAD!!
It’s not like the baseball complex holds the astronomical # of fans that the football stadium holds. What a joke to the folks who call themselves GT fans! SAD, SAD, SAD! This SAD display compounded by the beautiful weather “mother nature” gave us today (as will be on Monday).

TECH FANS ….. GET YOUR A$$eS TO RUSS CHANDLER TONIGHT BY 7PM, AND CHEER THE JACKETS ON TO THE SUPER REGIONALS …. to be played vs. the FL Gators btw!

GT Student

June 1st, 2009
1:08 am

The fan showing was embarrassing. Southern Miss had just as many fans as us at our field and drowned out any Tech cheer that was started. We’re not talking about Georgia State right down the road, rather Southern Mississippi. That’s pathetic. If you call yourself a fan, show up tomorrow and cheer your team to a super regional.

MrSpill94

June 1st, 2009
6:18 am

Is Deck really pitching again tonight on 2 days rest?

braveswin

June 1st, 2009
8:14 am

As a UGA fan, I would like to say congrats to the Tech baseball program and wish them luck in getting to the CWS. Coach Hall has kept GT in the mix every year and is deserving a Tournament Championship. I wish the Dawgs had played a little better and maybe could have faced GT in a super regional but it was not in the cards. This one lone Bulldog voice will be cheering for the GT baseball Jackets the rest of the way (State Pride you know) Best of luck until Nov.

The Grinch

June 1st, 2009
8:30 am

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Georgia Tech?

Fans?

Tech “fans” are about as real as bigfoot.

The Grinch

June 1st, 2009
8:32 am

Seriously, why all the fuss? After all, if the yellow jackets had 600+ fans watching baseball last night it would largely surpass the 241 fans who actually purchased tickets to their last blue-field football bowl game.

241 “fans” for a football bowl game? My daughter sold more boxes of girl scout cookies last year.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

GTMike

June 1st, 2009
8:33 am

braveswin…thanks for the support! Classy post!

I’ll be there tonight, that’s all I can say. I think we’ll have better support tonight than last night.

The Grinch

June 1st, 2009
8:34 am

I know, I know ….. calculus is hard. Hey, I got an idea. Since so many yellow jacket fans seem to put so much emphasis on calculus, why not announce that there will be a calculus competition at the baseball stadium. That way thousands will show up, right? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

kmclean

June 1st, 2009
8:47 am

Come on, Tech Fans!!!
Support our team!
It is embarrassing to attend a “Home Game” and be outnumbered by the opponent.
Support our TEAM!
There are so many in Atlanta, there is no excuse.
We drove over 2 straight days from Birmingham and the games were great.

Rich

June 1st, 2009
8:57 am

I have been a Tech fan for over 40 years and a long time football season ticket holder. The lack of fans at the baseball game is nothing new. As much as I hate to admit it, Ugag fans are much more passionate, loyal and vocal than Tech ‘fans’ in all sports. It is embarassing to host a regional and have trouble drawing supporters.

CT_Jacket

June 1st, 2009
9:13 am

I was the Sports Editor and Editor for the school newspaper for my last three years. The alumni either don’t show up or they sit on their hands when they do. The students are typically much louder, but it’s summer semester and campus is usually dead. Maybe it’s a combination of the undergraduate population (~9,000) and the conservative personality of Tech people. I also think that people in Atlanta don’t support teams very well in general. Is it that most people hate going downtown (crime, traffic, etc.)? I remember being amazed at how loud the LSU fans were at the first Peach Bowl game against them. The ESPN ACC beat writer asked around about fan noise at football games and GT was picked as the quietest. Unfortunately, I don’t think that it will ever change.

Not Disappointed

June 1st, 2009
9:38 am

I will attend with a couple of friends. It’s relaxing compared to listening to your wife talk about a new Kitchen! Oy! Ramblin Wreck!

Maddog

June 1st, 2009
9:42 am

Rich and CT_Jacket – nice to read an occasional post from a Tech fan who doesn’t claim they are the best at everything. I guess you like seeing similar comments from UGA fans. Nothing can take away from what the bb team has accomplished – fan support or not. I’m hoping they continue on. A lot of home grown products on the team.

ArkyTech

June 1st, 2009
9:43 am

First of all, to compare this to the Athens regional last year is a farce. Do you think the crowd would have been 1300 if Tech was facing Georgia last night rather than Southern Mississippi?

Tech hosts regionals virtually every season while Georgia rarely does so. Take Tech’s annual postseason flops (including an embarrassing performance Saturday night) and add to it a field of directional schools and low-level d1 programs and there isn’t much for the fan base to get excited about. Winning 2 yesterday was a good start. Hope both the fans and the team show up tonight!

GeeTee

June 1st, 2009
9:51 am

Being 8 hours away in Mississippi, I considered going to the regionals this year, but thought it would be too hard to get tickets. How wrong I was!!!!!!! Count on me to be there next year. Yes, bullpuppies, we will host again next year.

Joke

June 1st, 2009
10:00 am

HAHAHAHAHA! GT fans are a freaking JOKE!
Wait, I forgot, GT has no fan base!
I guess all of the fans were busy watching the replays of the “National Spelling Bee”!

GT Guy

June 1st, 2009
10:10 am

Attendance stats should also factor in the fact that all local schools are out for the summer and many families and fans are traveling out of town duriong this time. That doesnt explain eveeryting, but is still a factor.

You want to REALLY see an attendance problem? Check out the ECHO CHAMBER at Turner Field for ANY Braves home game.

DawginLex

June 1st, 2009
10:27 am

If ya’ll win, you create quite a dilemma for me. GT vs UF ? I may actually pull for Tech. I think that makes me a bigger person than Rambler could ever be. He could never pull for us.

I do admit I did pull for the Russian national team in the 1980’s when they beat you in basketball. As Lewis Grizzard said,”they wear red and they beat Tech, they can’t be all bad.”

Ya’ll KNOW you are thankful you are not playing us.

Good luck with USM. And with the gators if you get that far.

brian

June 1st, 2009
11:18 am

I went to the first two games and not the Sunday games. Frankly the team looked lazy, lacksadasical, and had no passion compared to USM and even Ga State. Why should I give up my whole Sunday when the team looked like it barely cared to be there? Five errors and the team wonders why people don’t show? Frankly I was disgusted after that Saturday game at the lack of heart.

I’m a huge fan of Tech and Tech sports, but come on folks, the relationship is a two way street. I didn’t hear Coach Hall apologizing to the fans for wasting their time Saturday night. Had they shown up, shown some fire, and won that game (or even lost looking like they had enthusiasm), the Sunday game last night would have been PACKED.

CT_Jacket

June 1st, 2009
11:28 am

Joke – You’re just plain wrong. Tech finished in the Top 40 in collegiate merchandise sales in the latest report that I could find (8/08). It won’t blow the doors off of anybody, but we’re a much smaller school than the large state universities (Texas, Michigan, Florida, LSU, ND, etc.). UGA finished in the top 10, but it’s three times the size of GT.

JimGT

June 1st, 2009
11:45 am

Coach, we hear you loud and clear. See you tonight.

Huh?

June 1st, 2009
11:59 am

Tech fans = Worst sports fans on the face of the earth.

Nothing new about that.

Ramblinwreck1378

June 1st, 2009
12:06 pm

Friday night was a good showing because the time was set in stone for about a week. People knew when the game was going to be, and where it was going to be. Yesterday, people were unsure if we were going to win the first game, and I can almost guarantee that people weren’t sitting in front of the computer waiting to see if we won. I think there will be a little better crowd tonight, but don’t expect anything extravagant. And as for the players and coaches calling people out, if you would have done what you were supposed to do, and taken care of business Saturday, I promise you would have had a MUCH bigger crowd last night. Win – then complain about superfluous factors like crowds.

And Grinch – that was a cute comment about the bowl game, but umm.. I think our ticket sales in our bowl game last year surpassed Georgia’s (I’m assuming you’re a Georgia fan due to your ignorance and desire to post on a Georgia Tech blog because your team got eliminated by Ohio State…). And get ready for this football season, because it’s not going to be any different.

kdbuzz

June 1st, 2009
1:46 pm

Whats so surprising is that the ajc, would even have a blog about Tech are Ga. baseball. most days you cant even find a box score to see if any team won much less when they play next. may-be if you guys added a little coverege to coll. baseball tere would be more fans

getAclue

June 1st, 2009
1:58 pm

ramblinwreck,

All across the regional championships games are not set in stone. But other fans are smart enough to find out when THEIR team is going to play. It is a part of being a fan. Yeah they lost the game on Saturday so they were eliminated…oh wait it is a double elimination tournament so you play a bad game and you get another shot at it. Clemson lost when they should have won but you do not see a difference in their attendance numbers. Just take your slap on the wrist and move on.
As far as the players and coaches “calling out” the fans. They simply made an observation. I do not understand how that is much different then you calling them out on blogs is any different. But once again you can only see things your way.

getAclue

June 1st, 2009
1:59 pm

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By the way Former Sports Editor CT_Jacket...

June 1st, 2009
2:31 pm

…the undergraduate population is 13,000 at Tech, not 9K; the graduate population is about 6000. Tech and Clemson are about the same size (Clemson undergrad is slightly larger at 14,000 with Tech overall larger at 19,000 vs Clemson’s 17,000). Atlanta is just a tough place to draw spectators – even with the major league team out of town!

TechPride

June 1st, 2009
2:48 pm

It’s stories like this that make me sooooo happy to be a Taliban Techie:

Ex-Tech student offered help to terrorists, prosecutors say
Although Syed Haris Ahmed was “one step removed from a bomb thrower,” he conspired to support terrorism here and abroad, federal prosecutors alleged Monday.
Ahmed chose to have a bench trial so he could give a closing argument and deliver “the message of Islam.”

NOW THAT A YELLOW JACKET POINT OF PRIDE!

We may not fill up a ballpark, but we can fill up the court room!

CT_Jacket

June 1st, 2009
3:23 pm

Sorry, when I was there (’88-94), it was 12,000 total, 9,000 undergrad. So, now you’re telling me that there are more people at Tech, yet the support is just as bad. Clemson had 4300+ show up for their Sunday night game, Tech had 1376 with almost half being Southern Miss fans.

Mandy

June 1st, 2009
3:35 pm

Maybe nobody came on Sunday because they watched Saturday’s game. 5 errors. not a good time. I went Friday & Sat, maybe tonight depends on when i can leave work. Also, they were patrolling the stands for beer. They don’t do this during the regular season :(

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 1st, 2009
4:43 pm

Beer at the game?

Well why didn’t somebody say something!?!

seriously?

June 1st, 2009
5:08 pm

This is a sports blog tech pride. No need for comments about terrorist and suicidal, triple homicidal ugag professors on here.

Hunk Erdown

June 1st, 2009
5:51 pm

I hope the media is making more of this than it is. The Techies don’t need to be looking around in the stands, they need to be focused on the game. Maybe Coach can get them focused on the task at hand… Good luck from a Dawg Fan.

Jimmy

June 1st, 2009
5:57 pm

You UGA fools need to get a life. Why would Tech fans support their team when their so much to do in the city of Atlanta. You know, like attending Star Trek conventions, hosting D&D tournaments, conspiring w/ terrorists to overthrow our government. You know, things like that!

FisheriesDawg

June 2nd, 2009
12:14 am

ArkyTech:

“Tech hosts regionals virtually every season while Georgia rarely does so.”

Ummmm…just in this decade UGA has hosted regionals in 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Sure, Tech has hosted a few more, but they’ve managed to parlay them into trips to Omaha only two times compared to Georgia’s four. It isn’t near the discrepancy you’re making it out to be. By the way, by the accounts I’ve seen we may have had more fans in Tallahassee this weekend than you did in Atlanta, and we typically buy up every ticket we can get our hands on when we travel to Tech for a tournament game, e.g. the 2004 Super Regional.

“Take Tech’s annual postseason flops”

I wonder what team those repeatedly seem to come at the hands of?

Kevin

June 2nd, 2009
5:50 am

well danny hall called they showed they did not hall stayed away and choke its time to fire bobby cox of baseball….Danny Hall who came from Miami to coach remember his failures there…bye bye GT so long danny hall u just blew it now go home n beat u kids…and go n beat u kids…(that his players folks)!

Rick

June 2nd, 2009
8:18 am

If Hall spent less time worring about the fans and more time managing his team, Tech might actually advance out of a regional once in a while.
I’m sick of this underacheiving program. The talent is obviuosly there. In fact, looking at the rosters of MLB and NBA teams, it’s hard to determine which program at Tech (Hall’s or Hewitts’s) has underacheived more over the years.

Jim

June 3rd, 2009
2:31 pm

“You can’t make chicken salad, out of………..yada, yada, yada….
If you “slide-rulers” only knew the truth about your baseball program.”

eaglefan

June 4th, 2009
8:44 pm

Hey ArkyTech: You need to do some research. USM is not a low-level D-1 baseball program by attendance, or performance, standards.

Jim

June 5th, 2009
1:00 pm

“It’s pretty hard to coach winning baseball with your hands around your own throat!”