It comes as no surprise that people love to follow controversy, and that will likely be the norm as long as the New York Yankees’ most popular player, Alex Rodriguez, will be making his rounds at the ballparks until serving his suspension.
The Chicago White Sox benefited on Monday, selling “more than 3,200 tickets on Monday” according to Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago.
The pro-booing A-Rod crowd was announced at 27,948. The White Sox came into the game averaging 23,121 tickets sold per game, which is the seventh-worst average in baseball.
A White Sox official said the team usually sells a “couple hundred” tickets on game days.
In comparison, that near 28 thousand total is around the San Diego Padres, New York Mets, and Baltimore Orioles (really?) average attendance in 2013. The White Sox are ranked 24th overall in attendance so far this season.
That average is pretty good considering the White Sox have been in last place for most of the season and sit at a dismal 40-69 overall record.
Compare that to the Cleveland Indians, who are 62-50 and have been in contention for the AL Central most of the season, and average just 19,383 per game.