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  • KASH 'N KERRY: THE STRIKEOUT KID'S PACKING THEM IN

              Since Cubs rookie P Kerry Wood struck out 20 Astros on
         May 6, he has been one of the biggest draws in MLB.  THE
         DAILY tracked all 10 of his starts in '98, both before the
         20-strikeout game and after.  In his five starts since the
         20-strikeout performance, a case can be made that Wood has
         brought 42,519 more fans to the ballpark, for an average of
         8,504 more per game, compared to the home team's average
         attendance at the time of each start (THE DAILY).      
              NOTES: As of Wood's 20-K game, 129,800 fans had
         attended his first five starts, an average of 25,960.  Since
         the record-setting performance, 189,750 fans have attended
         his last five starts, an average of 37,950 -- up 11,990 per
         start....The May 6 game in which Wood struck out 20 batters
         was the Cubs' smallest home crowd of the season....While
         yesterday's game was below the season average, it saw a
         boost of 5,184 from the Wednesday afternoon 20-K game....The
         May 23 game at Atlanta was the largest crowd in Turner Field
         history, and the 8th-largest in Braves history (THE DAILY). 
              
    
    WOOD START DAY DATE ATT. '98 AVG +/-ATT. +/-% % CAP
    at Montreal
    Sun
    4/12
    18,506
    16,954
    +1,552
    + 9%
    40%
    Los Angeles
    Sat
    4/18
    34,652
    21,811
    +12,841
    +59%
    89%
    at L.A.
    Fri
    4/24
    36,674
    38,533
    -1,859
    - 5%
    65%
    St. Louis
    Thu
    4/30
    24,210
    22,511
    +1,699
    + 8%
    62%
    HOUSTON
    WED
    5/6
    15,758
    24,638
    -8,880
    -36%
    40%
    at Arizona
    Mon
    5/11
    47,129
    46,354
    +775
    + 2%
    97%
    at Cincinnati
    Sun
    5/17
    33,480
    19,693
    +13,787
    +70%
    63%
    at Atlanta
    Sat
    5/23
    50,189
    36,462
    +13,727
    +38%
    101%
    Atlanta
    Fri
    5/29
    38,010
    23,780
    +14,230
    +60%
    98%
    Florida
    Wed
    6/3
    20,942
    24,737
    -3,795
    -15%
    54%
    AVERAGE
    31,955
    27,547
    +4,408
    +16%

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