Matt Chapman has an honest take on fan support at A’s games.
The Oakland Athletics have long struggled to fill the Coliseum despite having several great teams throughout the years. A’s third baseman Matt Chapman is one of the rising stars in MLB but often plays in front of sparse crowds.
If anyone will be used to playing without much crowd noise once baseball resumes without fans in the stands or limited crowds in some states, it’s Chapman, who gave an honest assessment of playing without much crowd noise from your home fans.
Matt Chapman thinks the A’s can use small crowds to their advantage.
“I think it’s going to play to our advantage — a lot of our games are pretty quiet in general, Chapman said, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’re used to not having too many fans at the games.
“I think other teams coming in and seeing no fans and a big huge empty stadium and it might be a little cold at night, it just plays to our advantage. We’re used to playing there. We’re used to playing in front of however big or small a crowd is.”
The A’s finished 24th in MLB in average attendance with 20,521 fans on average attending home games. The lack of a home-field advantage like teams with soldout stadiums such as the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, among others, could be affected more than the A’s, who are used to this playing environment.
Chapman is one of the best players in the American League and in a shortened season has the potential to be the superstar the A’s need to make a run at a playoff appearance. He sounds motivated to make some noise with his game even if the fans won’t be there to make their own.