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Yankees' Levine Fires Back At Garber After Empty Seats Comment
Published April 27, 2009
|Levine Describes Garber's Discussion
Of Yankees' Attendance As A Joke
TOUGH TIMES ALL AROUND: In New York, Peter Abraham wrote the economy is “having an impact on every franchise in some fashion as corporate sponsors have fled, television ratings are down and seats are going empty.” Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira, who signed an eight-year, $181M deal in December, said, “It’s a tough time. The players are out their working their tails off and hopefully the fans will continue to support us. Unfortunately, if there’s no disposable income, they’re not going to come. Let’s just hope that changes soon” (Westchester JOURNAL NEWS, 4/26). Baseball HOFer Cal Ripken Jr. said, “I ... applaud what many major league teams are doing by running promotional night[s] that make going to a ball game cost about the same as going to a movie” (Washington EXAMINER, 4/26).
PIRATES' TREASURE: In Pittsburgh, Rob Biertempfel wrote despite “small crowds for three rain-soaked games earlier this week, the Pirates’ home attendance this season is running ahead of last year’s pace.” Through the first nine games at the 38,362-seat PNC Park, the team is averaging 17,059 fans -- a “jump of almost 19[%] (2,721 fans per game) compared to the same point last year” (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 4/25).