Thanks to a rehab start from John Smoltz, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats set a team attendance record last night.
A franchise-record crowd of 8,903 watched Tuesday night’s game between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, at Merchantsauto.com Stadium. Tonight’s game, which featured a rehabilitation start by Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz, marked the third straight season the Fisher Cats have set a single-game record, and it eclipsed the previous record crowd of 8,762 that witnessed the 2008 Northeast Delta Dental Eastern League All-Star Game on July 16, 2008.
"This underscores what Minor League Baseball is — an affordable, entertainment option where players can hone their skills on their way to the Major Leagues, whether it be a first-ballot Hall of Famer or an up-and-coming prospect," said Fisher Cats President/General Manager Rick Brenner.
The previous Merchantsauto.com Stadium record attendance figure for a regular-season game was 8,227, set on June 16, 2007, when the Fisher Cats hosted the Erie SeaWolves.
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