The Rays sold out Game 3 of their playoff series with the Texas Rangers, but fell short of that in Game 4. A professional sports team not selling out in a playoff game? Are you serious???
The Rays have experienced attendance woes most of the time since coming into the league as an expansion team. The only time the Rays are guaranteed sellouts are when my New York Yankees and those damned Boston Red Sox come to town.
This further lends to the notion that placing a baseball team in Tampa was a bad idea. First of all, the team doesn’t even play home game in Tampa, but in St. Petersburg. The locals will tell you that folks from Tampa hate folks from St. Pete – and vice versa.
Second, the ballpark, Tropicana Field, is a dump. Ownership tried to attract more folks by adding a nightclub to the ballpark! That’s when you know a team is desperate.
All of this spells the end of the Rays in Tampa. It’s a shame because the Rays are one of the best run franchises in baseball – if not the best. Their front office drafts well, the team has young stars in Longoria, B.J. Upton, and David Price, and they have one of the best managers in the game in Joe Maddon.
Tampa should be grateful for having such a well-run organization in town. It may not be there for much longer…