San Francisco — As the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico prepared to play the World Baseball Classic championship game in front of huge chunks of empty seats at AT&T Park, the chief executive of the San Francisco Giants pronounced the event a success.
"We'd do it again, sure," Giants CEO Larry Baer said Tuesday.
Baer estimated a crowd of 30,000 to 32,000 for the title game. The semifinal games drew 27,527 and 33,683 to AT&T Park, which has a capacity of 41,815.
The crowds probably would have been larger if the United States had not been knocked out of the tournament last week. Baer said the Giants did not believe sellout crowds would be assured.
"We didn't necessarily have that expectation, not knowing who the participants would be," he said.
The Giants have fielded complaints from season-ticket holders upset that they paid top dollar for guaranteed seats to the three games here, only to see tickets discounted to as little as $5. Baer said the Giants are "reaching out" to disgruntled fans, without saying exactly what the team might do to resolve the dissatisfaction.