It is not that often that the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Indy Atlantic League are mentioned in the same sentence.

However, within a two-week span, fans have been entertained to record-breaking numbers!

The Fisher Cats hit a milestone by welcoming in their two millionth fan.

According to , lucky fan, 10 year-old Brendan Howard was greeted with quite the welcoming party when entering the stadium.

Howard was greeted by two front office members and a nice little gift package from team president/general manager Rick Brenner, valued at over $3,000.

Find below the details of the prize package:

• Two season tickets for the remainder of the 2010 season
• Nightly luxury suite rental at a Fisher Cats game for 18 people with two VIP parking passes
• Weekend rental of a Merchants Auto 15-passenger van
• One weekend stay/dinner at the Steele Hill Resorts
• $200 full vehicle detail from AutoFair
• Personalized autographed Fisher Cats jersey
• Four Canobie Lake Park passes
• $100 Meat House gift certificate
• $100 Gift Certificate from T-Bones/Cactus Jack’s
• Two Pats Peak ski lift tickets in 2011
• Atlas Fireworks $50 gift certificate
• One Valvoline instant oil change
• Four Chunky’s Cinema Pub passes
• VIP tour of Stadium
• Ceremonial first pitch at a Fisher Cats game

Regarding the Atlantic League, how can this indy league in the northeastern United States compete with two million fans?

How about establishing a one day attendance record, bumping them over 21 million fans, covering 12 seasons.

Friday April 30, 2010, 30,667 fans enjoyed the home openers of the defending champion Somerset Patriots, Camden Riversharks, Lancaster Barnstormers, and the South Maryland Blue Crabs.

These two instances strengthen the fact that minor league baseball as one entity is thriving despite all the shortcomings in our current economic situation.

Through April, MiLB attendance saw the second highest attendance in its history, drawing over 5.9 million fans, compared to 2008 when attendance hit an all-time high of 6.6 million, on its way to their highest season total ever.

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