They were supposed to come back in droves, almost storming the gates with glee.
Frank McCourt was gone! The boycott had worked! Ding-dong, the merry-oh! Sing it high, sing it low!
Official attendance had plummeted a remarkable 17.6% in one year, which was only the surface stuff. Actual attendance is not announced by Major League Baseball, but tickets sold. And true, 2011 turnstile attendance had taken a much more severe blow. Crowds were often half of what was officially announced.
But by May there were new owners, the team was winning, and in a short time the ownership was showing the deep pockets kind of commitment that McCourt never did.
And, sure, attendance is up, and though fairly significantly, it somehow still feels disappointing.
The Dodgers’ announced crowd of 50,560 Wednesday left them with a season total of 2,938,992 – surpassing last year’s total with 10 home dates still to go. The Dodgers are averaging 41,394 fans per game, fifth best in baseball.