• No One Goes There Anymore, It’s Too Crowded

    Posted by on September 25th, 2005 · Comments (7)

    From Yankees.com:

    Sheppard instead thanked the crowd on behalf of the Yankees organization. After attracting a crowd of 53,911 for Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays, the Yankees’ home attendance surpassed 4 million for the season.

    They are the second American League team to draw 4 million fans — the Blue Jays are the other — and third in the Majors. Toronto and Colorado each surpassed the mark in 1993; the Blue Jays had done so in 1992 as well.

    “It’s an incredible achievement, particularly when I remember that when I bought the Yankees, we had trouble drawing one million to the Stadium,” George Steinbrenner said. “We have the greatest fans in the world. I cheer our fans as they cheer us, day in and day out. And I thank everyone in our organization, on and off the field, for helping to reach this amazing milestone.”

    With one home game remaining this season, the Yankees lead the Majors in total home attendance, as well as per game average after selling out 41 of 80 home games thus far. The team’s average of 50,444, entering Sunday, would place second in Major League history, behind only Colorado’s 55,350 average in 1993. If the Yankees reach that total again Sunday, they would overtake Toronto (4,057,947) and post the second-highest single season mark.

    This is the eighth straight year the Yankees have set a new season-high in attendance, and the seventh consecutive year they have welcomed at least 3 million fans through the Stadium gates.

    I wonder, if they end up breaking some record, will someone moan about the 324 home game tickets used by the YES Network Road-Trippers?

    Comments on No One Goes There Anymore, It’s Too Crowded

    1. Raf
      September 25th, 2005 | 9:43 am

      Heh…

      Remembering how Stein used to run down the neighborhood. How people were afraid to come to YS, and that was the reason he needed a shiny new stadium with luxury boxes.

      Obviously, this proves him wrong.

      I was chatting with a friend about this the other day; I took the angle that had they not renovated the Stadium, you’d have something on the level of Fenway or Wrigley.

    2. September 25th, 2005 | 11:48 am

      Yeah, small seats, views blocked by poles, and all that other stuff that people never seem to remember when discussing the great old parks.

    3. James Varghese
      September 25th, 2005 | 4:03 pm

      Steve,
      Would you have trotted out Mo for the 9th in today’s game with a 5 run lead (jhindsight being 20/20)?

    4. Don
      September 25th, 2005 | 4:14 pm

      Usually a manager will not remove his closer in such a situation. Really, you can’t blame Joe and too bad MO threw 34 pitches or so.

      Can the team win a 9-1 game after scoring early and often? The bullpen looks almost worn down and MO looks very tired right now. Even if they make the post season, which I doubt, they’ll be out quickly with that pen.

    5. September 25th, 2005 | 4:47 pm

      Once he’s heated up, I think you have to leave him in and hope that he has an 8-pitch 9th. Too bad it didn’t work out that way.

    6. Raf
      September 26th, 2005 | 4:28 pm

      Yeah, small seats, views blocked by poles, and all that other stuff that people never seem to remember when discussing the great old parks.
      =======================

      Doesn’t seem to discourage people from going to Fenway or Wrigley.

      Tiger Stadium would’ve done better if they had a better team. Same with Municipal Stadium

    7. September 27th, 2005 | 12:27 am

      Believe me, I’ve met Sox fans who would rather watch the games on TV, than go to Fenway and sit there with their knees under their chin, jammed into a small chair.

      Of course, if you’re a college student, and/or drunk, then those things just seem cool.

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