Originally written on Lady At The Bat  |  Last updated 1/3/13
The off-season is winding down. Pitchers and catchers report to camp next month. The season starts in a little less than three months. Are you excited, Yankee fans?With the $189 million payroll threshold just a year away, I have been wondering just how excited this team's fans will be as it approaches that very un-Yankee-like deadline. In the decades before the dynasty of the late '90s and the competitiveness of the '00s, the New York Yankees had a lot of trouble filling Yankee Stadium. Everyone who has any connection to the team has seen footage of Don Mattingly's home-run balls rattling around empty outfield seats. Also, anyone who followed the team in the late '80s and early '90s knows that the left-field bleachers were rarely open. The attendance wasn't high enough for them to be open. In fact, the attendance was usually under 30,000 per game. When the team started to win championships again in 1996, the attendance began to soar and, eventually, the Yankees had their first seaso...
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