It’s hard to imagine having a team to root for as good as the Tampa Bay Rays. I have been priveleged as a Reds fan this year, as it would appear they might finally clinch a playoff spot for the first time in 15 years. But having a team like the Rays, who can compete in the toughest division in baseball, would be a real treat to be able to see everyday.
However, it is obvious people in Tampa don’t realize this seeing as how the fans had to be called out by David Price and Evan Longoria after just over 12,000 people showed up for their game last night. But in order to help get people in the seats, Rays ownership has decided to give away 20,000 tickets tomorrow. A stunt that should never have to take place for a team this good.
But with their attendance being almost as low as anyone else in the majors, either people in Florida could really give a f**k about baseball, or there is something wrong with the stadium itself?
My dad lives in Tampa area, and he was able to attend one Rays game this year. When I asked him about the stadium aka “The Trop”, and why people weren’t showing up, he had a very simple answer.
“It’s too f**king cold in there.”
And if this statement doesn’t sum up the mind-set of most people in Tampa, then I don’t know what will. And he isn’t even THAT old.
But that isn’t the only reason for the lack of interest. Not only do a lot of people that live in Florida not grow up there and could give a damn about a somewhat recent expansion team, but watching baseball in a dome would blow. Not only, as my Dad puts it, do they have the AC blasted so high that it turns your lips blue, but baseball is not a game that is meant to be played in doors. I’m not saying it can’t happen (look at what the Twins use to do), but when you add up all the negatives about the location, the venue itself, and the down right lack of interest from people that live in the area, it doesn’t appear baseball will have a long term stay in Tampa.
But hey, if 20,000 free tickets doesn’t fill the seats for at least one night, I would suggest the Rays just pack their bags and move. Although, I’m not sure anyone in Tampa would even notice.► Read more articles written by atom.
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