I'll also take some credit here, predicting the Marlins could meet Brown's benchmarks "and still draw more fans than the Rays." As discussed on this blog last week, the Rays were the only team to average fewer fans per game than the Marlins in 2013 (although the wild card-winning Indians came close).
Finally, just to add some insult to injury, Brown pointed out it looked like the Marlins were about to sell souvernir tickets following Henderson Alvarez' no-hitter...AND COUNT THEM AFTER-THE-FACT AS PAID ATTENDANCE:
Remember, the tickets being sold today by the Marlins for yesterday's game counts as "attendance". Put a big freaking asterisk on MarlinsBrown reports that the team did this in 2010 as well when Roy Halladay no-hit the Marlins, but it seems like MLB made sure history would not repeat itself again in this case:
— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) September 30, 2013
Maybe Marlins we're going to try and count tix sold after Sunday's no-no as part of 2013 attendance but league pushed back. Not counted.Now, if it can only make sure history doesn't repeat itself again at the ticket office in 2014...
— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) October 1, 2013