Several attendance records set this weekend

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Maury Brown, who keeps good track of this stuff, notes that while attendance remains flat overall compared to last year, this past weekend several marks were set.

  • The Saturday game between the Phillies and Nationals drew 44,685, which was the largest crowd at Nationals Park history;
  • The Cardinals Cubs game on Saturday drew 42,374 which was the largest crowd in Wrigley Field since 1978; and
  • The three-game series between the Indians and the Tigers drew 132,239, which was the biggest three-game series in Comerica Park history. No doubt boosted by that Willie Hernandez tribute before Saturday’s game, right?

It’ll be interesting to see what happens to attendance in September as everyone comes to grips with the fact that hardly any of the games are going to matter for playoff purposes.  But as this past weekend shows, people don’t really have any problem going to the ballpark on a nice day just for the hell of it.

Addison Russell had an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread

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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell stayed overnight in Denver after having an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread in the clubhouse at Coors Field after Sunday afternoon’s game. Russell spent a couple of hours at a hospital in Denver for observation on Sunday night.

Russell has a shellfish allergy and believes something he ate might have been mistakenly labeled as not having shrimp in it.

The Cubs took two of three games from the Rockies. After Monday’s day off, the Cubs open a brief two-game series in Cleveland for a rematch of the 2016 World Series. Russell flew with the team to Cleveland and believes he will be in good enough shape to play on Tuesday.

Russell, 24, has had a slow start to the season. He’s hitting .219/.324/.281 across 74 plate appearances.