Players criticize (lack of) fans
Posted on: September 27, 2010 11:14 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:57 am
A couple of crowds on Monday night were not what some of the people on the field wanted them to be, and the players made it known.
The Rays had a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a win at home against the Orioles, and just 12,446 showed up. And it really wasn't even that many -- remember that baseball uses "tickets sold" as attendance, so season tickets count whether the people show up or not. The crowd was just over half Tampa Bay's season average of 23,047.
Rays ace David Price took to his personal Twitter account to complain, writing "Had a chance to clinch a post season spot tonight with about 10,000 fans in the stands....embarrassing."
Tampa third baseman Evan Longoria told the St. Petersburg Times that the small crowds down the stretch are "disheartening" and embarrassing."
In Washington, there were a few more fans -- 14,309. What troubled the Nationals was that way too many of them were Phillies fans there to watch their team clinch the National League East title.
The Washington Post quoted Nats shortstop Ian Desmond as saying it was "kind of embarrassing when everyone in the stadium is clapping against you when you’re at home."
Outfielder Nyjer Morgan had this to say to natsinsider.com: "Damn, it was a lot louder at our place than it was at their place when we go there. It felt it was a home game for the Phillies."
It's not generally a good business practice to criticize the customers, but sometimes frustration takes over.
UPDATE: After his comment spread across the internet, Price tweeted: "If I offended anyone I apologize I did not think it was gonna turn into this ..."
-- David Andriesen
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