Monday, July 23, 2012
One day in baseball
By David Schoenfield
I just wanted to point this out:
- The Tigers drew 41,281 on Sunday, a sellout. The Tigers will challenge their all-time attendance record set in 2008 (they're currently averaging more than 37,000 fans per game) and will average 30,000-plus for the seventh straight season. Before 2006, the only seasons they averaged 30,000 were 2000 (the first year of Comerica Park) and 1984 (when they got off to a 35-5 start and won the World Series).
- After a sellout on Saturday, the Pirates drew 34,203 on Sunday, pushing their total for the weekend series against the Marlins over 110,000. If you win, the fans will come.
- The Phillies had another sellout and are averaging more than 44,000 per game -- the fourth straight season they will play to stadium capacity.
- The Nationals drew over 137,000 for a four-game series against the Braves. They are averaging 30,201 per game. Not bad for a franchise that hasn't had a winning record since 2003 ... when it was in another city.
- The Reds are drawing their biggest crowds since the first year of Great American Ball Park in 2003. At 29,027 per game, they're averaging more fans per game than the 1975 Big Red Machine club that won 108 games.
- Over 42,000 watched the Cardinals shut out the Cubs. The Cards will draw more than 3 million fans for the 14th time in 15 seasons.
- The Royals, on their way to their 17th losing season in 18 years, still drew 23,252 for a game against the last-place Twins. Their average attendance is their highest since 1994.
- Over 25,000 turned out in San Diego for a Padres-Rockies game, two teams going on their way to 90 losses. During their first five seasons of existence, the Padres had a total of 10 games with at least 25,000 in attendance.
Those are just a few examples. Compared to 2011, overall attendance is up 5.8 percent through 1427 games, via Baseball-Reference.com, from 29,646 per game to 31,353.
Baseball still seems pretty popular if you ask me.