READING ALWAYS HAS been known as a must-see destination among minor-league parks. That's why it will become the first non-Triple A park to welcome its 10 millionth fan through its gates sometime this season.
Scott Hunsicker, recently promoted to general manager, said that while the many special events help lure patrons, "I feel like people who come here, that more than anything, there's like a baseline of history here and of putting the game first."
But even Reading has hit an attendance ceiling, hitting franchise highs in total fans (486,570 in 2002) and average crowd (7,138 in 2004). "We feel like we put the pieces in place to break the attendance record," he said, noting that packing the place throughout the summer isn't the problem. "But when it's this cold in April . . . if I can figure out a way to put 8,000 people in the ballpark tonight," he said yesterday, starting to laugh, "I probably wouldn't be working here."