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?