From Lupica today:
“Four million to the 4-4,” said Joe Flannino, the big guy with the handlebar mustache who works security for the Yankees, at home and on the road.
Flannino is an ex-New York City policeman, and once worked in this part of the Bronx, in the 44th Precinct, which he still calls the “4-4.”
“Four million fans to watch baseball in the 4-4,” he said again in the parking lot, as more players kept arriving. Tino Martinez. Jorge Posada. Chien-Ming Wang, yesterday’s starter, another surprise star of the season. “Who would have ever believed it?”
On Saturday, Knicks coach Larry Brown stood in back of Steinbrenner’s suite and looked out at the crowd and the day.
“They started 11-19, right?”
“Eleven and 19.”
“And they still drew four million fans?”
He was told they sure had.
“There’s no place like this,” Brown said.