Baseball's demise exaggerated

Baseball is off to the best attendance start to a season since they really started paying attention in 1980.

Updated: April 21, 2004, 1:18 PM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Apparently, y'all didn't get the memo.

The memo.

The one that said baseball is doomed; that the sport would collapse under the weight of its own problems. It was sent out repeatedly all winter long. Surely you got at least one copy of it? Writers in every city of the country were saying the sport was down for the count what with steroids and payroll inequities and all the other usual things people write about when sentencing our national game to the scrap heap of history.

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