While the numbers may fluctuate when a star player moves or a team has a red-hot season, fans vote with their wallets. Tickets sold may indicate the affection level the locals have for their park.

While the numbers may fluctuate when a star player moves or a team has a red-hot season, fans vote with their wallets. Tickets sold may indicate the affection level the locals have for their park.

World Series champions in the past three years were the Florida Marlins, the Anaheim Angels and the Arizona Diamondbacks, respectively. The Marlins have yet to place in the top 10 for attendance, but winning the world series appears to kick in the next year’s attendance: both Anaheim and Arizona placed in the top 10 for ticket sales the year following.

And someone’s got to pay the Yankees’ payroll: they’ve consistently been in the top three teams for number of tickets sold. But perhaps it’s more accurate to look at percentages: the Giants have sold no less than 97 percent of their home-stand tickets for the past three years; and while Boston’s heart-rending drive to beat the Yankees for the division title ultimately turned into another cursed year, it sure filled the seats: the Sox led both leagues with a 100 percent sold rate at 81 home games.

While the Sox had only been to their league championship twice in the last decade, Atlanta went seven times out of 10. But does it translate to packing Turner Field? Not for the Braves. Home game sales hover in the 60 to 70 percent range for the past three years. Here are the rankings, starting with 2003:

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