I just happened upon the full article that lead to all the viral Twitter hysteria. Reading everything he said in context makes much more sense.
“Longoria, meanwhile, stressed that his comments were intended to have a positive impact. “Again, I’ve thought about this for a long time and I’m not trying to take a low-blow at the fans,” he said. “I’m actually just trying to rally the troops and get more people in here. I’m not trying to say we have bad fans or any of that. Believe me, I’ve been here since ’06 and I love the Tampa Bay community.”
Read the full article here.
Also, here is the open letter to the Rays I mentioned before. I e-mailed Mike, the author of the letter, with my comment, because in my consternation at some of the comments, I couldn’t find the comment link. He responded asking me if it was an accessibility issue. Sweet! So, in all this hooplah about Rays attendance, looks like I’ve found another cool blog. 🙂