What’s the best way to measure the Dodgers’ success in 2013?
Stan Kasten tries every day. He pools together his resources – maybe that’s not the best term to use if you looking at it from an Diamondbacks perspective – and crunches numbers until he’s that certain shade of blue in the face.
His metrix of the moment: Fans in the stands.
The NL West champions will emerge from recent apathetic attendance decline to not only eclipse the 3.7 million mark at home – leading all of baseball as they had once done on an annual basis in years gone by — but they’ll also have the greatest road attendance average per game.
“We don’t even know the last time a National League team led in both those categories,” the 61-year-old Dodger president, CEO and co-owner said the other day, a reference to the fact that the almighty New York Yankees have accomplished the feat on several occasions, most recently in 2010.
“To me, that speaks to the progress we’ve made. None of us feel our job is close to being done because we want to be a team that has sustained success, and we’ve just started. But we feel we’ve made real progress. The response, the reaction and the support from our fans have been very gratifying.” Continue reading