Before 2005 the Indianapolis Indians bounced around from team to team, supporting mostly NL central teams like the Reds and Brewers until they landed a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first few years were rocky but in nine years the Pirates have built a strong farm system and the Indians have benefited. Indianapolis has made the playoffs four out of the nine years with the Pirates and is poised to win the West for the second straight year. Strong play has also helped their average attendance and one of the premier teams in the International League from a club record, stadium and fan base.
Consider that back in 2005, the first year with the Pittsburgh Pirates the Indians were drawing on average about 7,984 people. This landed them somewhere in the middle in terms of fan attendance for the International League. Now, in 2013, the Indians are drawing on average about 8,812 per game, with many being sellouts over the weekend. This two year contract with the Pirates is nothing but good for the Indians. The more consistency this club can have the more the ball club will improve and the attendance will continue to rise. Consistency offers the club the ability to continue improving, increase ticket sales and draw more sponsors.
The team has to finish up the majority of the season on the road with only four out of their final fourteen at home. It will be critical for the Indians to win their final four home games and split on the road to finish the season strong heading into the playoffs. It will be hard enough to perform well in the playoffs with the Pirates preparing to call up many of the Indians top players for their playoff run. I am looking forward to August 31st as I get to attend my last game of the season. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading!
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