Okay, here goes. I'll try to use small words for you Yankee fans... (only kidding, guys. I'll use my normal vocabulary.)
I'll basically use numbers from two previous Yankee dynasties, 1947-54 and 1954-64 because I think that those numbers most closely relate to the current period we're suffering through. Now, I'm assuming that (I will be doing the research as I write this) for the first 3-4 years of the dynasty, fans did not realize how awful the next few years would be and they still attended in droves. My concern lies with the last few years of the dynasty, after the team had been winning consistantly for a few years and there was no end in sight. For the record, I'm not looking at the current dynasty for two reasons: 1. They were recovering from the strike and the farther we get from 1994, the higher the attendance figures should be. 2. We're still in the throes of it and it's harder to isolate historical problems. Now, down to it:
From 1947-1954, the Yankees finished (in order) 12 games in first, 2.5 games out, 1 game up, 3 up, 5 up, 2 up, 8.5 up, 8 back.
Now, let's lay that out in graph form, next to the attendance figures, okay? And remember, I'm only doing from 1950-1954 because of the reasons outlined above.
1950- 3 games up Attendance: 9,142,361
1951- 5 up Attendance: 8,882,674
1952- 2 up Attendance: 8,293,896
1953- 8.5 up Attendance: 6,964,076
1954- 8 back Attendance: 7,922,364
Now, from 1950 to 1953 the American League lost 2,178,285 people in total attendance. Not that much by todays standards, I'll admit, but that also means that the American league lost 24% of their total attendance during that time. Then, in 1954, when the Indians walloped the Yankees, the attendance numbers suffered a spike of 14%. Huh. I know, I know. The Korean War, right? Well, the National league also lost attendance from 1950-1954. It fell 11%. So the American League lost 16% more during that period.
Lets check out the next numbers, eh?
Now, from 1956-1964, the Yankees final standings: 9 up, 8 up, 10 up, 5 up, 8 up, 8 up, 5 up, 10.5 up, 1 up. Now, let's check that out.
1961: 8 up Attendance - 10,163,016
1962: 5 up Attendance - 10,015,056
1963: 10.5 up Attendance - 9,094,847
1964: 1 up Attendance - 9,235,151
Now, there the dropoff wasn't as great, but remember that many of our young men (baseballs traditional audience) weren't in Korea this time. But still, the numbers aren't surprising. The American League dropped almost 930,000 fans during those years. Again, not that huge of a number, but certainly worth looking into. That's a 9.13 percent drop. Not that bad, unless you consider that the National league grew during that time by 28%. That's a difference of 37% for all you non-math people. Of course, the National league went under expansion, so those numbers aren't entirely trustworthy, but by looking at their per game average attendance numbers, the National League still improved attendance by just short of 18%. Hmmm.
So, no. I don't think that the current Yankee dynasty is good for baseball. It appears that baseball fans like to see their own team in contention now and again. And, no, Steve, it doesn't matter if they lose this series. Baseball is not a sprint. And the fact that the Yankees have been in 6 of the last 8 World Series is enough for me.