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Evan Longoria, David Price call out Tampa Bay Rays fans for poor attendance

The Tampa Bay Rays have the second-best record in baseball and had a chance to move a step closer to clinching the American League East Division title Monday night in their crushed oj can architectural marvel of a dome and they drew their fourth-smallest crowd of the season. (The soundtrack of their season could be the sound of a cricket riding a tumbleweed.)

It's downright demoralizing if you happen to play for the Rays.

"We go out there and play hard for 162 games," Evan Longoria said, "and for the fans to show the kind of support they're showing right now, you kind of wonder what else you have to do as a player."

Had a chance to clinch a post season spot tonight with about 10,000 fans in the stands....embarrassingless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Price later tweeted an apology and the Rays lost 4-0 to the Orioles. "Obviously we want to bring a championship to Tampa," Longoria said. "And we'd like more than 12,000 to 15,000 to know about it."

By Cindy Boren  | September 28, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
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Baseball is at the wrong time of the year for Florida. It is hurricane season not snow bird season.

Tampa has an 11+% unemployment rate and a lot of retirees on fixed income.

A decent seat, parking and food adds up to an $100 per person visit to the Trop.

Many fans live 1-2 hrs away so it can be a 7 hr experience allowing an hour to get out of the lot after the game..............

While I admire what Longoria and Price do when they play, I hope they are not blaming the fans for their losses the last two nights.

Having said that, I love the Rays - they are the best team in all baseball. I wish I could afford a season seat and that I lived closer.

I attend as often as possible. It is a wonderful experience with Raymond and the jumbotron kitty and the paninis.

Go Rays!

Posted by: mlemac | September 28, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Stadium is in the middle of nowehere and getting there for a weekday game is a hassle. Like mlemac said, its 1-2 hour commute for many folks during rush hour to get to St.Pete.

Rays need a stadium in TAMPA, not St. Pete.

They should just pay rent to the Yankees and play at Legends Field, get more than 10k there for sure.


Posted by: vmrg1974 | September 28, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure how the Rays can clinch the AL East title when the Yankees are only 0.5 games back with at least 5 games to play. Nice screw up WP.

Posted by: rademaar | September 28, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I think you mean had a chance to clinch a playoff spot. Yanks are only a half a game back.

Posted by: royfelty1 | September 28, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Of course someone residing in the Washington, DC metro area would not have the slightest clue when it comes to the economic situation that is affecting the Tampa Bay area. In Washington jobs abound compared to the double digit unemployment numbers in the Tampa Bay area. That is the number one reason behind the lack of fan "support". You will note that there are plenty of local supporters each night watching on TV from their living rooms. Everywhere I go, people are wearing their Rays attire and have flags flying in support of the home team. We all wish we could be there every night. Price and Longoria need to get a clue too.

Posted by: righton1 | September 28, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Monday night the Tampa Bay Rays drew just over 12,000 fans at a home game. It suggests either that either Major League Baseball may be in trouble of sustaining itself in some cities in the years ahead, or that the economy in the country is so fragile, the average Joe can’t afford a pro baseball ticket anymore with his discretionary income.

Posted by: philtortora | September 29, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I appear to be in the minority here but I felt Longoria was just doing what he thought was his part. Superstars are vocal. Superstars are leaders. Do you think Michael Jordan would sit idly by if the Chicago Bulls were at half capacity in their heyday?

Were Longoria’s comments insensitive to an area who’s currently suffering? Perhaps. Is he out of touch with the common man? Maybe. Could he have donated a portion of his salary to get local kids into the games? Sure. But what’s worse, having your team’s best player speak out or having him remain perfectly silent?

Posted by: chump | October 3, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

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