According to Ken Rosenthal, attendance at MLB games is down 2 percent across the league. The Marlins and Phillies, both Nats division opponents, are responsible for the biggest drop in attendance, and major market teams like the Yankees, Mets, Cubs, and the Red Sox are all seeing fewer fans at games.
But in Washington and Baltimore, numbers are up. According to the data, the Nats are seeing an average increase of 5,143 fans in the seats; Baltimore, 5,412. Both teams sit at the top of MLB’s attendance list.
In the case of the Nats and their subpar performance, a rise in attendance speaks to the loyalty of the Washington fanbase. Someone tell Ian Desmond.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
— Niles Paul (@Niles_Paul84) June 6, 2013
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Dan Haren, on his 15 home runs allowed and his 5.45 ERA:
“I have no idea. It’s not for lack of trying. I’m going out there. I’m doing my best. I feel like I’m letting down the team, fans, front office, everybody. No one feels worse about it than me. But I’ve got to take the ball in five days, and I’ve got to believe because the team needs me. And I know I’m good. I’ve been good at times this year. Just no consistency whatsoever.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Ian Krol’s Major League debut.
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Mets at Nats, 7 p.m. on MASN. NBA Finals, 9 p.m. on WJLA (Channel 7). All TV/Radio listings here.
Nationals Review has put together a beer map for Nats Park to help you find your favorite beer. The outfield is definitely the place to be.
PROMOTION OF THE DAY
The Maryland Blue Crabs are having an all-you-can-eat crabfest on July 6. Your $35 ($30 for kids) gets you all the crabs, hot dogs, macaroni salad, chips and soda you can stuff down your gullet. Plus a game ticket.