It's a fact that has been proven year after year, and 2008 is no substitute. Already, this season has made the history books for the unprecedented popularity of the national pastime.
On Opening Day, it was announced that Major League Baseball drew a record total of 3,692,125 fans to Spring Training games in 2008, breaking last year's high of 3,421,055. This marks the third time in the last four years that MLB's record for overall Spring Training attendance has been set. Prior to 2005, the record for Spring Training attendance was 3,330,200 fans in 1994.
"Baseball continues to be more popular today than at any time in its history," said Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, "and record Spring Training attendance attests to that. We have set regular-season attendance records for four straight years, and I believe we will draw more than 80 million fans in 2008 and set yet another record."
The average Spring Training attendance in 2008 was 8,026 per game, surpassing the previous mark for highest average attendance, set in 1994 (7,709 per game).
Doug Miller is senior writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.