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Reds' sweep of Pirates has an empty feeling

Fewer than 2,000 show up for daytime opener, a makeup of an April rainout, and only 9,087 attend the regularly scheduled night game at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.

September 01, 2009|Associated Press

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3 and 6-3, Monday to sweep a doubleheader that drew the two smallest crowds in Great American Ball Park's history.

The Reds sold only 9,087 tickets for the second game, the smallest gate in the ballpark's seven-year history. The opener, a makeup of an April 10 rainout, drew a much smaller actual crowd -- fewer than 2,000 fans.

When the afternoon game began, 11 fans were scattered in the upper-deck bleachers in left field. After the fourth inning, the video board showed one fan surrounded by empty seats as Eric Carmen's "All By Myself" played over the speaker system, drawing a smattering of applause and laughs from the other fans who knew the feeling.

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