If no one is there to witness the Miami Marlins lose, does it count against their record? Well, while barely 6,000 fans attended the team’s 1-4 drubbing on Wednesday, courtesy of the New York Mets, the defeat was, indeed, added to their loss column (they’re now 3-9).
Meanwhile, Wednesday’s contest garnered both the Major League Marlins and the team’s Double-A affiliate—Jacksonville’s own Jumbo Shrimp—plenty of national intrigue, as multiple outlets have noted that the Jumbo Shrimp’s home opener against the Mobile Bay Bears, which occurred on the same night, drew a larger crowd, with 6,960 fans in attendance.
ESPN reports that, through nine games, the Marlins are averaging just 12,641 fans per game (a number that includes an Opening Day crowd of 34,000).
The Jumbo Shrimp, meanwhile, seem poised to continue drawing larger than average (for a Double-A affiliate) crowds, as they look to stay undefeated on Friday night in the team’s third of a five-game home stand hosting the Bears.