August 6, 2006

WHAT WORLD CUP? (via Jim in Chicago):

Big July crowds push attendance past 31 million (Minor League Baseball, 8/03/06)

Minor League Baseball, in big cities and small towns across the land, is showing itself as the summer game again as nearly 10 million fans attended games in the month of July. The 9,843,264 attendees pushed the season total to 31,600,065 with the big month of August and several days in September still to go.

The 31.6 million fans represent an increase of 668,051 over the same period for the 2005 season when Minor League Baseball set its all-time record of 41,333,279. That's an increase of 2.2 percent in raw numbers for the 176 teams in the 15 affiliated leagues.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 6, 2006 9:36 AM

Had enough (baseball)? Oh yeah. When is the expletive deleted season over anyway?

Posted by: erp at August 6, 2006 9:52 AM

Don't worry, it's almost time for the BadSawx to fold, but they have to get the fanbase really, really excited first. (As witness all of today's postings...) The WhiteSox are already slowly sinking into third place, and Chicago's other team was never in it. Once all that's done, things will be as they should.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 6, 2006 1:53 PM

Raoul, do you mean ... no more baseball posts?

Posted by: erp at August 6, 2006 3:34 PM

Hey, wait a minute...I love the baseball posts even if they are ONLY AL East related. Plus, the wife and I try to plan our annual vacation around an area with a minor league team. Minor league baseball is wonderful. Where else can you get a competitive game and seats seven rows off the field for about $15.00 (for two!). And the beer is inexpensive too.

Posted by: Bartman at August 6, 2006 7:54 PM

Bartman, come on down. Our minor league team plays in Jackie Robinson Ballpark. They're called the Cubs instead of the Dodgers, but that unfortunate misnomer hasn't hurt their popularity

Early spring and fall is the best time to visit here because every day is like that perfect day in June that poets write about. If you stay away from the commercial areas, you'll find some beaches that rival beaches any where on the east coast and with luck, you can watch a shuttle launch while lying on the sand. This is pretty spectacular, especially if it's a night launch.

Come and be welcome.

Posted by: erp at August 7, 2006 9:43 AM

Well, fewer posts extolling a team you know will be raked over the coals in a few weeks when they fail to win 3 out of 5 games.

(Another example of things being as they should, from this weekend: the Mariners losing again to the A's, who will now go on to win at least 10 in a row in August.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 7, 2006 2:03 PM