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MLB TEAM NEWS & NOTES: BORN WITH A HALO OVER THEIR HEADS
Published April 7, 1998
The Angels struck a deal with a group that represents 22 Orange County hospitals, to present newborns with a tiny Angels hat, according to Barbara Kingsley of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. Angels Dir of Marketing Ken Wachter: "When I came here we saw lots of Dodger caps all over the place. I said, 'we gotta gem 'em in the crib.'" Kingsley added that the Angels are also "doing a better job of attracting adults," building its season-ticket base to about 15,000, up from less than 12,000 last year (O.C. REGISTER, 4/6). ATTENDANCE: The White Sox drew 25,358 for their home opener yesterday against the Rangers, the team's smallest opening day crowd since '75 (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/7)....The Tigers have sold out today's home opener against the Devil Rays (Tigers). Tigers VP/Business Operations David Glazier said the team "did not make a profit" in '97, but that season ticket sales are up 27% this year and "we're hoping to draw 1.6 million-plus fans" (DETROIT NEWS, 4/7)....The Reds, who drew and average of 23,032 fans through their first six home dates, are down 19,888 over the first six dates from last year (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/6)....The Phillies lost "about" $8.4M in ticket revenue last season, after turnout "was about 600,000 below the average for the last 20 years" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/7). ALL ABOARD! The D'Backs have sold out a train ride that will carry fans from Tempe to BOB for games April 18 & 19. D'Backs officials say "they want to give Valley residents a taste of what East Coast baseball fans have taken for granted: a train ride to the ballpark" (AZ REPUBLIC, 4/7). NOTES: Rupert Murdoch is scheduled to make his first public appearance as the new Dodgers owner today at the team's home opener against the D'Backs (USA TODAY, 4/7).... Hank Aaron will throw out the first pitch at the Brewers' home opener today against the Expos (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/7)....Mario Lemieux will throw out the first pitch at the Pirates home opener today against the Braves (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 4/7).