PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s not exactly the “if a tree falls in the forest” scenario, but A.J. Burnett threw a one-hit gem Wednesday night and there were only about 9,500 fans in the stands to see it.

The team’s home attendance record is 36,000 behind last year at this time, or about 4,000 fans less per game.

“There’s been some weather, the kids are still in school, and the Penguins’ season has been pushed back a bit – could that have some effect, maybe,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly.

And there’s been the team’s performance.

“Seven and seven is not where we want to be, but it’s heading in the right direction certainly as this home stand has been one where we’ve played good baseball,” said Coonelly.

Fans say it’s all about performance.

“They’ll come back when they start winning,” said one fan.

“You’re not going to get the fans till they start winning,” added another.

“As long as they keep winning and stuff people will come back,” another fan said.

Coonelly is optimistic about the crowds this weekend.

“It’s going to be a good weekend,” he said. “Saturday we have the Cutch bubblehead and we’ll come close to a sellout, and Friday and Sunday should be strong as well.”

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