All the media and Rays blogs and folks on Twitter and broadcasters could talk about all season long was poor attendance at the Trop. They would all say things like, a new stadium in Tampa would solve it, move out of St. Petersburg blah blah blah.
I’m sorry but, “if you build it, they will come” was part of a really cheesy baseball movie. This is reality folks.
All season, this is what we’ve heard. They would announce the attendance. What a shame. Best record in baseball and they can’t even fill the park unless the Yankees are in town.
News flash: The Yankees have been around forever. The Yankees are the posterteam for baseball. The Rays haven’t been around that long and they’ve only been good for three years. Um. Hello?
Another point I’ve been making all year, just not here. We are in a freaking recession. Yeah, remember that? People are broke. If it’s a choice between a baseball game and feeding the kids, which will they pick?
But the Yankees are selling out their park. Ahem, yeah. A lot of rich folk live in New York. There’s also that thing about them being around forever.
A lotta rich people live in Florida too.
Yeah, and a lot of those people moved to Florida from New York or Boston. They all show up at the Trop to see their teams, which is why we have great attendance when they’re in town…
I’m so sick of the attendance talk. Now do you see how much it’s been talked about? All over the Rays blogs and on Twitter. Everyone talks about it. Everyone gives the Rays fans a ton of ish for not going to the games. No one says anything to the media about that. Everyone jumps on the bandwagon and says yeah! Lame fans! We need to move to Tampa! Yeah! That’ll fix it!
So what happens when Evan Longoria and David Price speak out about attendance? What happens when they are disappointed that last night’s game could have been a play off clincher and something like 12,000 people were there? What happens when the players themselves speak out in disappointment?
Oh no you didn’t. How dare you. How dare you with your millions speak ill of the fans who don’t come to the game. How dare you. Seriously, you lost 5-0 to the last place team on a night when you could have clinched a playoff spot, and you’re speaking ill of the fans who didn’t show up? How dare you. Spoiled rich kids.
That’s the answer Evan Longoria and David Price are getting on Twitter. One fan even wrote an open letter to the team.
How hypocritical is this? Let’s complain about attendance all year, but heaven forbid the actual players say anything? Wow.
I can’t believe how much this is being blown out of proportion. The guys were hoping to celebrate last night, celebrate with each other and with the fans. They lost. They were shut out by the team with the worst record in the ALE, even though they’ve been great as of late. Of course the Rays are disappointed. Not only did they lose, they looked up during that game and saw that they wouldn’t get to celebrate with a full house if they did win.
People say things maybe they shouldn’t all the time when they’re disappointed. Price and Longoria are probably wishing they had kept their mouths shut.
Am I defending them? You might say I’m just defending Longoria because I have a crush on him. While that’s true, I still talk ish about him just like we all do with our teams.
While I will still argue that we are in a recession, people are broke, the Rays are not the Yankees etc, while I don’t agree with Longoria and Price, I’m still very much disappointed for them, and understand where they’re coming from.
And above all, I don’t think it’s fair that the media, blogs, Twitter, our own announcers, the owner, etc, are allowed to bash the fans for not showing up, but the players themselves cannot. They don’t get a voice, just because they have money? Wow.
This team is a baby team. It’s newborn success. It’s going to take time, if it ever matches the likes of the Yankees, or the Red Sox, or the Phillies, or the Dodgers.
So I’m terribly sick of hearing about attendance and think the Rays need to be patient and grateful for the people who do show up.
But I also think they should have a voice, just like everyone else. If everyone else can complain, they should be allowed to as well.
Media, it’s time to back up your players and stand up for them by saying yeah, we’ve had the same complaints all season. You’re allowed to speak out, too.