Mets home attendance is expected to rise over last season, chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli said (Newsday, July 17).
Last season, the Mets drew their lowest home attendance total since 1997 at Shea Stadium, according to Baseball-Reference.com.
“Halfway through the year we have our slight uptick in attendance already,” DePaoli said. “So, now it’s a matter of what kind of hay we can make the rest of the season. … You saw some pretty nice crowds toward the end and I’m sure if the team continues to play at that level we’ll see more increased interest.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Increase in attendance equals an increase in spending on payroll, right? Or, so Sandy Alderson has repeatedly told us over the last year. So, for people who feel more money spent on talent will equal more winning, this uptick is probably good news…
That said, I wonder how this will impact Alderson’s view of the coming July 31 trade deadline… if it has an impact at all. I know him to be a pretty focused guy, always looking over the short-term yard markers and only seeing the end zone. So, my hunch is attendance figures will not alter his approach to talent on the roster, at least as it pertains to being a ‘buyer’ or ‘seller.’ On the other hand, ownership will almost certainly be enticed, and that is probably where things get most interesting for Sandy. How will he balance a salivating ownership group and fans with the realities of the market, his assets and his short- and long-term goals?