Maury has everything you ever wanted to know about 2009 attendance. Upshot: it was down 6%. While a steep drop, it (a) reflects smaller capacity stadiums in New York; (b) is basically what the owners predicted before the season started and; (c) overall, is still the fifth highest attendance of all time. Given where unemployment sits, that doesn’t sound too bad. Hell, I think last March Paul Krugman was predicting that fans — having starved to death in Depression 2.0 — were going to turn into zombies and consume actual ballplayers at a higher rate than they’d pay for tickets, so things obviously could have been way worse.
Attendance is not really the most important thing, however. Revenue is. I have no hope of handicapping how that will break out. Sure, the Yankees and Mets may have sucked in more money per butt this year, but it’s quite reasonable to assume that people bought fewer beers, pennants, brats and foam fingers.