The Yankees surpassed the 4 million mark in home attendance yesterday, becoming the third major league franchise to reach the milestone.
The Yankees drew a crowd of 53,911 for a 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays, boosting their season total to 4,035,560 fans with one home game remaining.
The only other teams to draw 4 million were the Blue Jays in 1992 and '93 and the Rockies in '93 -- their first season.
"It's an incredible achievement, particularly when I remember that when I bought the Yankees, we had trouble drawing 1 million to the stadium. We have the greatest fans in the world," owner George Steinbrenner said in a statement. "I thank everyone in our organization, on and off the field, for helping to reach this amazing milestone."
Today, New York will almost certainly break Toronto's AL record for attendance. The Blue Jays drew 4,057,947 in '93 on the way to their second consecutive World Series championship.
* WRIGHT NAILED AGAIN: Yankees RHP Jaret Wright must feel as though there's a bull's-eye on his back -- not to mention his neck, chest and elbow.
Bruised by a line drive again, Wright was ineffective yesterday in New York. Wright pitched one inning and gave up six hits and seven runs. Only three were earned.
"A bat, two balls -- I don't know," Wright said. "When it keeps happening, it's definitely frustrating."
Toronto's Gregg Zaun, the game's sixth batter, smacked a liner at Wright in the first inning, knocking the pitcher off his feet. But he was lucky this time -- the ball hit him on the right side of his chest, leaving Wright with nothing more serious than yet another bruise.
It was the third time this month that he was literally hit hard on the mound. He was knocked out of a start in Seattle on Sept. 1 when Raul Ibanez's liner struck him near the neck.
And he left his previous outing last Sunday in Toronto after he was hit on the right elbow by a broken bat.
"Three times now, what can you do?" Wright said yesterday. "It got me square in the chest. It's sore and tight."
-- From News Services