Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Tide-Tigers draw a large 'small' crowd
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Auburn's Cullen Wacker (3) is caught in a rundown by Alabama second baseman Kyle Overstreet (6) and first baseman Austen Smith in the first inning of their Southeastern Conference tournament game Tuesday. (Photo by Dave Martin/Associated Press)
Auburn's Cullen Wacker (3) is caught in a rundown by Alabama second baseman Kyle Overstreet (6) and first baseman Austen Smith in the first inning of their Southeastern Conference tournament game Tuesday. (Photo by Dave Martin/Associated Press)
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Earlier this week, Alabama beat Auburn in a Tuesday afternoon SEC tournament baseball game and drew 7,241.

Apparently, we’re supposed to sweat about this, because it’s the smallest crowd for an Alabama-Auburn game in the SEC baseball tournament in Hoover, according to AL.com. They’ve played each other six other times in the Hoover Met, drawing more people each time.

But it’s Tuesday afternoon. And it’s college baseball, which struggles to draw a lot of fans anyway, even when the weather is nice.

And these two teams are playing in a tournament that’s kind of worthless to begin with. Most everyone is either in the NCAA tournament or out of it, regardless of what happens in Hoover.

South Carolina won the NCAA championship in 2010 and 2011 and finished second in 2012. But the Gamecocks haven’t made so much as the SEC semifinals since 2005. Sandbag much?

And did we mention Alabama and Auburn played on Tuesday afternoon? There’s a reason major league schedulers try to keep Tuesday afternoon games to a minimum.

So we’re not sweating 7,241 as an attendance figure. Heck, we’re just surprised that many people actually cared enough to buy a ticket.

Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Read "In My Opinion" in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.

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