Posted at 7:16 PM on June 5, 2005
by Josh Lee
With announced attendances of 41,588, 45,553 and 37,349 for the Twins' three-game homestand against the Yankees, Minnesotans apparently have an answer to Bob's question from Friday: they've all just been waiting for A-Rod and Jeter to roll into town. It looks like the opportunity to talk trash at Tony Womack in left field is a bigger draw than Shannon Stewart's throwing arm. Either that, or the prospect of seeing a flock of recent call-ups play like guys who really don't want to get sent back down is just too much for the fans to resist.
The Yankees do draw well on the road, but part of that -- a BIG part of that -- is that there are so many Yankee fans spread all over the country. This is one of the big advantages, too, the Yankees have in terms of competitive balance, they make more money on the ROAD too.
Joe Torre, by the way, must really hate his bullpen and, from what I can tell, really has a crappy one. He stayed with Kevin Brown way too long yesterday, especially since Brown was struggling the previous inning.
Wonder why the Yankees aren't trying to sign Danny Graves?
espn had a snippet over the weekend that the twinks are the worst road draw in the american league. so it's not just twin citians that don't want watch them at the bump; out of towners with outdoor ballparks don't want to see them either.
Hjmmm.. now where would they get such a snippet? (g)
How much of the Twins' road draw can really be hung on the Twins as an attraction?
This is their schedule so far:
4/4-6, Seattle. 100,202 fans for Opening Weekend.
4/15-17, Cleveland. 53,080 for weekend.
4/18-19, Chicago. 45,328 for Mon/Tuesday.
4/22-25, Detroit. 33,849 for Fri & Mon. Sat/Sun snowed out.
4/26-28, Kansas City. 31,378 for midweek series.
5/6-8, Tampa Bay. 31,078 for weekend.
5/9-11, Baltimore. 68,295 for Mon-Wed.
5/23-26, Cleveland. 64,096 for Mon-Thurs.
5/27-29, Toronto. 72,252 for weekend.
So to this point, the Twins have played 4 road series in 3 cities with the worst average attendance in the majors (Cleveland twice, KC, and Tampa Bay). The team went to Detroit, rated 25th in attendance, when half the series was snowed out. They have played a two-game set in Chicago, 24th in attendance, on a Mon-Tuesday, days when attendance is typically lowest. And the visit to Baltimore also was in the early half of the week (and drew a decent 22,765 average anyway).
That leaves Toronto, where the 24,084 series average was slightly better than the Jays' overall average; and Seattle, where the 33,400 average for the opening weekend was just slightly below their overall average this season.
In most of those series, I don't think the Twins are really to blame if the crowds were small. They've been traveling to a lot of places where crowds should have been expected to be small, anyway.
Wait a second. You're giving the Twins a pass here because they played in cities with the worst average attendance. Perhaps one of the reasons is the teams going into those markets weren't particularly compelling.
You also listed 8 of the 13 possible cities they COULD be visiting.