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BASEBALL'S BACK: ATTENDANCE STORIES VARY FROM CITY TO CITY

     According to a USA TODAY analysis of actual Opening Day
attendance around the major leagues, no team enjoyed a 100%
showing.  In fact, four games yesterday drew 60% capacity or
less, compared to '94 when only one Opening Day game (Montreal at
Houston) drew less than 90% (USA TODAY, 4/27).

ATT.
CAPACITY
PCT.
CHI at CIN
51,033
52,952
96%
SF at ATL
24,091
52,710
46%
LA at FL
18,587
47,226
39% (2nd game)
MTL at PIT
34,841
47,972
73%
NYM at COL
47,228
50,400
94%
PHI at STL
32,573
57,078
57%
HOU at SD
41,961
46,510
90%
MIN at BOS
32,980
33,871
97%
TEX at NYY
50,245
57,545
87%
CHI at MIL
31,426
53,192
59%
OAK at TOR
50,426
50,516
99%
BAL at KC
24,170
40,625
60%
DET at CAL
51,033
64,593
79%
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN: After 8 1/2 hours of "protracted statements, testimony and cross-examinations" before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the locked-out umpires and MLB representatives "drew no closer to settling the issue of whether the lockout of umpires is even subject to Ontario's anti-scab law" (James Christie, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/27). MORE OPENING DAY QUOTES: Peter Gammons writes, "On a day that didn't feel like Opening Day, there was a deep, honest sense of beginning, that they now realize they need you" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/27). Acting MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, in his dual role as Brewers Owner, after visiting fans at pre-game tailgates: "I got a wonderful response. It was exhilarating" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/27).... Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, forced to watch the game from Tampa because of health problems, after seeing other scores: "Look at those Brewers beating up on the White Sox. And they talk like they're small market" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/27)....Reds Owner Marge Schott, asked if her team had any "special" plans for fans: "What do you mean?" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/27). MLBPA's Don Fehr, on the prospect of playing a full season: "I would say probably without interruption, but things change so rapidly" (CBS, 4/26).
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