Call it the â€śManny Factor.â€ť Call it what you will. The Dodgers could â€“ repeat could â€“ weather the recession.
Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday purchased more than 49,000 tickets for the 2009 regular season, a 33% increase over the 37,000 they bought on the first day of single game sales last year.
The club, which brought back free agents Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake, and Rafael Furcal, and which added such stars as Orlando Hudson and Randy Wolf, held tickets at 2008 prices.
â€śWe are seeing how eager families are to incorporate the Dodgers into their spring and summer plans,â€ť said Chief Operating Officer Dennis Mannion.Â â€śWe also saw such evidence today at Camelback Ranch â€“ Glendale , where our third home game drew our biggest crowd, 11,896.Â Enthusiasm is high.â€ť
Source: Los Angeles Dodgers
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