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Attendance: Too early to tell?

Live from the 9 a.m. Acela to New York, with MASN's Bob Carpenter riding shotgun. As Bob said, "Isn't this a civilized way to travel?" It's the best. Always go this way between D.C., Philly and New York. Three-game set starts at Shea tonight. Looking forward to it.

We do, however, leave behind the first homestand and a ballpark that's transforming into, of all things, a church. Bud Selig, I suppose, did call Nationals Park a "cathedral" when he visited on Opening Night. How right he was.

With the first homestand over, and with seven home dates to look at, we took a peek at Nationals' attendance in this morning's $.35/$.50-edition. As with the team, yes, it's early. But I can't tell you the number of sports executives and marketing people I've talked to over the past week - ever since that second crowd - who were shocked that people weren't flocking to the park.

At the risk of opening old wounds, I think this is an important issue to follow. But I wonder if you agree?

The notebook covered Paul Lo Duca's return to New York. I'm looking forward to seeing Brian Schneider and Ryan Church up there. I never crossed paths with Schneider in spring training (he was hurt a lot), and as we discussed yesterday, both are off to reasonable starts in New York.

I'll chime in from the ballpark. Big eight-game road trip - three in New York, three in Florida, two in Atlanta - to come. If you're not much for discussing attendance, you might offer what you think a good record on the trip would be.

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 15, 2008; 9:06 AM ET
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