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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 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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Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:25 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Will there be a full house there for the playoffs?  If so, then there is NO excuse as to why more fans weren't there for these last couple of games.  The atmosphere is like playoff baseball.  If there is not close to a full house for the playoff games, then it is a shame to have a stadium where it is.  What is being said is true though.  It is "embarrassing" and "disheartening" when you're in the midst of a playoff race, but you have one of the lowest turnouts in attendance for the year.




Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Fuck the Rays and their fans but in this case the players have no idea what its like to have to plan to save up just to go to a game because the tickets, food, parking, tolls, gas, etc are expensive as hell. These millionaires don't have to worry about that but the fans do and to criticize them is bullshit. Trust me I have used the Rays fans are frauds because of the attendance but in this day and age going to a game is just not feaasible for alot of diehard fans. Luckily I am able to catch one or two Yankees games a year but I have to plan it out because of other bills that require my money instead of a game. These players have no idea and need to get in touch with reality and quite honestly, shut the fuck up about the fans.



Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: September 28, 2010 1:43 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

I've got to agree with the people saying that these guys need to get off the people who pay their salaries and get a grip on reality.

For probably most baseball fans, especially these days, it takes a decent amount of time and money to go to a ballgame.

When I go to Target Field, it's usually about $30 for a ticket, $10 for food and $30 for beer. Add in parking and gas to drive to the stadium and you could easily spend $100 just for one person, and that's with average tickets.

I get that players like Evan Longoria and David Price probably get more than that for their daily meals (not to mention millions a year in salary) but for the average person, that's a lot of money.

It kind of reminds me of when Michael Cuddyer said the "average Joe" just doesn't understand what it's like to play 162 games a year. Gee, Mike, I think most fans would love to take a chunk of that $9million/year you make to travel the country, stay in the nicest hotels, and play a kid's game for a living.

I often find myself sticking up for athletes because a lot of times I think people are just jealous of the money and go with the oh-too-easy rant whenever one gets in trouble or whatever. This time, I'm with the fans.

Remember who pays your salary and show a little appreciation. Or maybe Longoria and Price could buy a pack of tickets for each game to give to fans who couldn't otherwise afford to go. Lord knows they can afford it.





Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 1:24 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

ive been to quite a few games in tampa, its really cheap actually. I think the most ive ever spent to get in was like 19 dollars. The drinks and food are expiensive, but its always that way, hell i paid 20 dollars for a footlong hotdog, and a large beer at a jags game a few years ago. The rays will be relocated, maybe out to la, or somewhere where theres a bigger market, every sell out for the rays is either a yankees game or red sox...as most fans down there are one or the other. Hell when the Cubs came down a few years ago, thos three games nearly sold out. tons of cubs fans in the building. And your team either has a loyal big fan base or they dont. The cubs havent won squat in forever yet they sell out all the time, and youll see tons of cubs fans at every game on the road...tampa and florida just dont care about baseball enough to support a major team, and to say the fans pay thier salaries, i seriously doubt that, which is the main reason tampa loses all of its good talent, will be the reason crawford is gone next year, and why price and longoria will eventually move on, unless they relocate.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 1:14 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

I live in Boston and have no idea what Tampa fans have to go through to get  to and from the Trop, the problem I have with Fenway is the highway robbery the Sox get away with! parking, food &  drinks, I know what it cost to pour a draught beer (46 cents) they get $8.50 and the tickets are now out source so if you pick them up at Stubhub or in Boston's local ticket agentcy,(Ace tickets) you have to pay a surcharge,a fifty dollar ticket is now $65 or more. They scalp tickets and that turns me off the most,  people that used to go to 10 games a year now go to one. I know what a lot of People are going to say, If you don't like it don't go. AND WE DON'T. Even if I get free tickets from my buddies, it still cost about $150 so what should it cost for a nite of entertainment for a family of four.  



Since: Mar 3, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 1:13 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Those cheap ass give aways they can keep. Like I said maybe some of these rich ass players should say hey 2 times a year we will pay for everything in the stadium buy all the tickets and food for the fans. Give back a little, maybe not every single thing but maybe what ever the stadium holds pay for the tickets come up with some sort of plan to give back to the fans and maybe the fans will say hey I will go to more then 1 game this year. I am a Pirates fans so we know there are no fans in them seats but hey can you blame a fan when they trade all the talent for the owners pocket?



Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 1:03 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

atlantabravesgg,
hehehehehe, cya



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:56 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

First of all maybe YOU should read the comments by BRAVES fans not just 1 non-braves fan. You are the one picking and choosing here. Second any REAL Braves fan would know it was 11 consecutive division titles not 14. They have 14 but not in a row. Maybe you should study up on Yankees history before you put your foot in your mouth again. And thanks for not concidering Phillies avatar. You mke alot of truely loyal fans happy.



LMAO. WOW you are dumber then i originally thought. Bro can you do basic Math? 1991-2005 = 14 consecutive titles. You can't just throw out 1994 because there was no playoffs that year (which we would've went to anyways). Which Braves fans are you referring to? The kid from VA claiming to be a Braves fan? lmao Or that kid that wasn't even born before 1995? ok bud. I'm done with you. You're from MARYLAND claiming to be a PA sports fan. Talk about a FRAUD. buh bye.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:54 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Two words... "Creative Marketing" - give the fans another reason to show up. Cheap, little promotions and give-aways seem to do the trick. How about an Evan Longoria Whoopie Cushion to get things started.



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:53 pm
 

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Let's see Florida has the highest unemployment in the country. I work for a major corporation that is laying off every quarter like clock work and I get paid 2/3 less than 2 years ago for the same work I do now. I'm not alone in this. The economy is terrible here. I'd rather miss the O's and have some money for an ACLS playoff game. I wish these out of touch players would be more careful with what they say.


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