Baseball Fans Show Up to See Winners (and the Red Sox)

Fans react after Jonathan Herrera of the Boston Red Sox hit a game-winning RBI single against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning on July 5 in Boston Photograph by Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Major League Baseball games begin again today after the All-Star break. So far, a little less than 60 percent through the season, paid attendance is down 1.1 percent across the league, according to data from Baseball Reference. That decline is slim enough to call holding steady while the league focuses on more pressing matters such as its aging TV audience and the search for a new commissioner. On a team-by-team level, the numbers support the conventional wisdom that fans will come to see winners.

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