While teams around MLB try to figure out how to handle the season without any fans in attendance - whether they pipe in fake crowd noise or find another alternative - Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman says it won't matter to the A's.
"I think it's going to play to our advantage - a lot of our games are pretty quiet in general," Chapman told reporters yesterday. "We're used to not having too many fans at the games."
That may be true, but it seems like a bit of a self-burn for a player on the A's roster, and a star player at that. Chapman is an All-Star third baseman and a two-time Gold Glove winner.
Oakland was towards the bottom in total and average attendance last season, but as an ambassador for the team, you would think Chapman would want to be a little more positive. But then again, maybe he's right and it does become an advantage for the A's as they play in an emptier stadium than they're apparently used to.