Brewers home attendance to hit 3 million

This is great news…

Attendance? Rick Schlesinger, the team’s chief operating officer, says the team will hit 3 million and more when the regular season ends. It would be the third time since 2008 that the team reached 3 million and marks a significant achievement for any franchise in what has become a challenging economic year.

“Candidly, the team is playing well and we don’t have the ticket inventory,” Schlesinger said. “We would like the ability to increase seating capacity on some days. But we will hit 3 million.”

As I write this the Brewers have one of the 5 best won-loss records in baseball, and I can only hope all those butts in the seats at Miller Park will help fuel the team through the playoffs….and into the World Series.


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27 thoughts on “Brewers home attendance to hit 3 million

  1. They will have to beat the Phillies. I will be there for my beloved Phightin’s on the 8th of Sept. Go Phillies!

  2. As a lover of my city, it is indeed great news.

    If only Miller Park were a real ballpark….

    1. Honestly just can’t stand the place. Keep in mind I’m both a baseball purist and a Cubs fan.

      But more objectively, as a friend and I recently found best to sum up our extensive list of criticisms of Miller Park (the same applying also to many of the other newer parks): it’s a place that makes you feel guilty for wanting to pay attention to the game.

      From the endless sea of unwelcoming asphalt and freeways it’s barricaded from the real world by, to the assembly line chain restaurants that can be found at every other new park, down to the distracted game atmosphere itself. The game is presented as “that boring stuff that happens in between all the entertainment”.

      Kind of analogous reasons a guy like myself and others prefer urban life over the suburbs, I suppose. Too much asphalt, too unremarkably cookie cutter (yeah yeah, but the roof!), too sterilized, too lacking in genuine, non-manufactered character and atmosphere.

      It just tries way too desperately hard, and punches you in the face with the effort.

    2. Although funny story (if you get a sense of schadenfreude from my disappointment):

      Nephew. Of course being raised right: as a Cubs fan. Had him to MP many times just because of the nearness of it. 2 years ago, on his first trip to Wrigley, as we’re on the L red line, rounding the curve after Sheridan St when Wrigley first comes into view between the row houses, one of the most beautiful sights in the world. And his first words about it are “Where’s the roof?”.


  3. Brilliant writing JCG but i disagree. I am a huge baseball fan and not a purist. As someone who has been to Wrigley numerous times and just recently to Fenway, give me the newer parks anyday! Also let’s improve the game and bring the DH to both leagues!!!

  4. I have a theory on how to bring more offense to the National League. When its time for the pitcher to bat, (whenever a pitcher is batting below >200) randomly draw a name from the stands and let them come up and take some swings.

  5. First, whats the DH? And second, I estimate we will top 3.5 in attendance, which included when we make it to the playoffs. As of the last home game, we havwe an attendance total of 2,325,982.

  6. A resounding “no” to the DH. I can’t watch AL baseball, and think Charlie Finley was the worst influence on baseball ever for having come up with the idea. Good pitchers can hit a bit. Cliff Lee has a couple homers this year. . .

    Old school parks are wonderful. I haven’t been to Wrigley, though, in over 20 years. I’m dying to take my wife and son. Still, Miller is OK, but not the same as CBP in Philly.

  7. Nothing more fun than watching a pitcher feeble swing three times and go sit down. Especially when you can watch someone like Jim Thome extend his career a few years as a DH.

    its sad when someone hits .218 (like cliff lee is) and is referred to as a good hitter. Give me Frank Thomas every day of the week!

    1. In addition to hitting .218, Cliff Lee has struck out 22 times in 55 ABs. Now that will put fans in the seats, uh huh. The DH saves AL fans from the miseries of double switches, walking the 8th place batter to get to a pitcher who can’t hit or even bunt, and other useless moves that sap the game of all its energy.

      I’ve been a Brewer fan since – literally – Day One (Angels 12, Brewers 0). But IMHO, County Stadium was a dump. Wrigley is a dump. Fenway is not a dump.

      1. double switches, walking the 8th place batter to get to a pitcher

        , sacrifices, squeezes (and great defensive plays off of poorly executed of the two latter), more in depth match-up maneuvering, the much greater skill required to be an 8-hole hitter (and a leadoff hitter, for that matter), the art of being a great pinch hitter, and not to mention the unbeatable excitement or dejection when a pitcher comes through with a clutch RBI, HR, or good baserunning….all specialties and nuances that add to the game’s beautiful complexity, and that the AL is largely deprived of.

  8. My problem with the the DH is that it’s so completely arbitrary. Why should 8 players play defense and hit and 1 only play defense? How does that make any sense? Why stop there? Wouldn’t the game be more exciting if you could DH for a light-hitting shortstop or catcher as well as the pitcher? How do you make any sort of logical argument for the DH that doesn’t apply exactly the same to having 2 of them? Or 3? Hell, why bother with a DH at all? Let your 9 best fielders play the field and your 9 best hitters hit and if that means 18 players are in the game, so what.

    Nope. Either you’re in the game or you’re not. If you’re in, you play the field and hit when it’s your turn.

    1. Exactly.

      I can walk down to the park and play some softball if I want to watch a bunch of overage sluggers knock the snot out of the ball, then sit on the bench and drink beer. There’s some entertainment value to that, but it’s not baseball. Not even close.

  9. As a White Sox fan two of my all time favorite players are Harold Beines and Frank Thomas. Without the DH, the game would have been robbed of both of those players way too early.

    1. No, they would have left the game at the appropriate time.

      Baseball isn’t just about letting players hang on a few extra years just so they can pad their offensive numbers in hopes that they’ll make the hall of fame.

      That’s the problem with baseball nowadays – the focus is on offense and homeruns, instead of focusing on all facets of the game, which includes defense, pitching, and strategy.

      1. Yes. Baseball isn’t about scoring runs. It’s about scoring more runs than the other team. A fine, yet massive, distinction that captures the issue at hand.

        Which is why baseball writers rightfully adjust down for offensive stats earned primarily as a DH when considering the HOF.

    2. PS – Sox?! Figures. Only thing worse than a Cardinals fan.


      And hey, at .218 Cliff Lee is a significantly better hitter than your DH, Adam Dunn. So, that’s kind of ironic! lol.

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