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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
"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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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 4:26 pm

Players criticize (lack of) fans

If Rays attendance has "gone up" over the course of two seasons to an average of 22,000 then that is more reason why they should move to a city that will watch them. Teams don't climb to 22K. They plummet to 22K. And that number is deceiving. I've watched the Rays play a lot on TV (which would make me ad oddity in Tampa), and if they've ever had 22,000 people sitting in the stands at one time I'll eat my shoe.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 4:22 pm
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Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 4:13 pm

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Rays attendance and television ratings have gone up every year since 2008. You are misinformed.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 4:10 pm

Players criticize (lack of) fans

If you take the population of the city where the team's stadium is located, the Rays, who play in St. Pete, have the second best attendance to city population ratio in baseball. The only team who brings a higher percentage of their city's population to the games is the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees have averaged 46,491 per game this year, but have a city population of 8,000,000.  The Rays average 22,913, and only have a city population of 245,314. So the Rays pull half the crowd that the yankees do, but with a population that is 32 times lower than New York City. 

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 3:59 pm

Players criticize (lack of) fans

AES and so it seems everyone outside of Florida has got the picture and agrees with the team. Floridians who think these kids are overpaid do not know the game or their own teams salaries. These kids will get what they deserve as free agents. Your team has won or been in the finals at AAA for the past 6 years! You have huge talent in the pipe line coming up. You have in fact one of the best teams, Franchises, and organizations in baseball so when those guys walk there will be guys there to replace them. They compete against teams spending Billions more and win! And finally a lesson in economies of scale. A New York city family can try and pay for good seats to see your team at Yankees stadium for the three games on the weekend or they can fly/drive down to Tampa Bay, get better seats, stay at a 3 star, and spend less money! This excellent franchise does not deserve to be stuck in Florida

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 3:15 pm

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Hard to believe the players get mad at the fans for not showing up. The disconnect between the players and the fans was established a baseball players generation or two ago. And although I can understand today’s players not remembering, they should at least try and understand their fans base prior to criticizing. If they can not remember here is a quick remedial summary … FREE AGENCY: the players left the fans a long time ago when Free Agency hit baseball. The players left for greener pastures without regard to their relationship to a city, a community, and or a fan base. Players want the fans to be loyal and show up unconditionally, the players should be able to commit the same to the fans.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 3:03 pm

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Adrian, you can drop the cost of beer, and parking, take the light line less than $3 and hit happy hour at Sneaky Petes, beers & apps $2 (hurry, This won't last to good to be true) love Target Field 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:45 pm

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Yeah, I remember seeing rabid Rays fans rushing out to get mohawks when the team went to the Series in 08. This was, of course, after someone told them the Rays play in Tampa and are in the World Series. After googling "World Series," they became huge fans. Right up until the Series ended with a loss and they found out that there is something called a regular season before the World Series. Interest: gone. Hopefully they didn't cut the tags off their Rays hats and jerseys. Maybe they can still get a store credit for Heat merchandise.

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:38 pm

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Are you a child who has to type in caps?

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:32 pm

Players criticize (lack of) fans

no one showed up for a Rays game? Heres my suprised face. Florida is such a bandwagon state in every sport its ridiculous, where did all the "Lightning fans" go after the tank job they did the last couple years, ditto for the Panther fans since they got to the conference finals way back in '96. Then of course there shouldnt even be a hockey team in Florida and wouldnt be if it wasnt for the biggest toolbox dbag Gary Bettman.Its also comical how many newfound 'Heat fan' there are now that The Queen is in town. As far as the Rays go the bandwagon will get fired up when they get to the World Series - which I think they have a real good chance of doing, but dont kid yourself into thinking the clowns you see on TV are 'fans', it'll just be the posh thing to do for the moment. Quite a stark contrast to the last game here in Detroit where we arent going anywhere this year and havent been for weeks, yet 25,000 plus showed up for the last game of the season in less than stellar weather (mid 50's) to give the Tigers a standing o when they left the field for the last time in '10. Time to start taking notes fairweather fans because outside of good weather it baffles me why any athlete would want to play there

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