MLB Franchise Notes: Orioles Draw Back-To-Back Sellouts With Phillies In TownPublished June 11, 2012
FISH ARE JUMPING: In West Palm Beach, Joe Capozzi notes the Marlins are on pace to draw 2.29 million fans, which would be the "highest season attendance" since the Marlins drew 2.36 million in '97. The crowds at Marlins Park "so far are smaller than what some of the other new ballparks drew in their first seasons." With a seating capacity of 36,742, the largest attendance of the season remains Opening Day with an announced sellout of 36,601. Meanwhile, the smallest crowd was 22,242 for the May 22 game against the Rockies (PALM BEACH POST, 6/11).
SOUTH SIDE PARKING: In Chicago, Mike Imrem writes, "Judging by responses last week to a column on [White] Sox attendance, parking is as good an explanation as any for the team floundering at the gate." This is "getting to be an old story, but an important one." It impacts the Sox’ payroll, "so it will persist until somebody figures out how to lure fans to [U.S. Cellular Field], kicking and screaming if necessary." Cost is "the major issue for most who commented on the subject last week, but there are other issues for suburban fans" (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 6/11).
WELCOME TO THE SHOW: In DC, Thomas Boswell writes under the header, "The Washington Nationals Have Arrived, As Sweep Of Boston Red Sox Shows." Boswell: "After 111 years as -- almost always -- a baseball afterthought, this Washington team, with the second-best record in the majors and a charismatic cast, has caught the whole sport’s eye." The Nationals' home attendance is up 30.4% over '11, date-for-date (WASHINGTON POST, 6/11).
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MLB Franchise Notes: Orioles Draw Back-To-Back Sellouts With Phillies In Town