The Orioles, as well as most major league teams, are experiencing a downturn in attendance. The Orioles have expressed concern over this fact and have publicly wondered why that is. My take is that there are a couple of reasons. One is that the team is not winning and, in fact, looks totally inept much of the time. People go to games to be entertained, not discouraged. Another possible reason is that the team, several years ago, decided to charge a premium on tickets bought at the box office on the day of the game. Why discourage people by charging more for a ticket if a potential patron decides at the last minute to go to a game, especially as long as there are thousands of seats available?