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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: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:58 am

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Very good point. Hopefully some of the players look at this Big name Corporations are who they want in the stadium let them fill the seats . I live in Ct. and I would love to go to 20 or 5 games a season with my kids but who can pay for all the food drink and gas I have to save up for 2 or3 months just to go to one game with these prices.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:53 am

Players criticize (lack of) fans

The economy is a factor in their laughable home "crowds," but it's not the only factor. Florida has never really drawn fans to anything. Tampa finished 28th in attendance in the league in 2008. In related news, the Rays only went to the damn World Series in 2008. No one cared. They have the best team in the league this season. No one cares.  The Jaguars and Marlins can't draw flies. How the hell the Marlins are getting a new stadium is beyond me. The Heat were middle of the pack in attendance figures the year after they won the NBA title. They will get a bandwagon crowd this year, but it'll fade away. MLB needs to get that team the hell out of that state ASAP. They're being wasted there. And, what's worse, what happens when the team gets broken up and goes from 100 wins to 65 wins? Will they be able to draw 500 people?

Since: May 14, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:38 am

Players criticize (lack of) fans

I doesn't matter how far they are from Tampa. What they are called is not the problem. The demographics show that the population where they are location should be able to support a team. Yes the economy has taken a hit but  the last I checked the economy is down everywhere. The only problem is that everywhere else we also pay state taxes and you don't you have been living off the rest of the country visiting your state to pay for it. While tourism is down you may have to pony up a little bit. Take some of that tourism subsidy that you get paid every other Friday and go to a game while you can.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:32 am

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Ignorant comparison. football plays 16 games, baseball 162.  No baseball fan should drive two hours roundtrip 81 times a season.  If they do they need to get a life. 

Since: Mar 3, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:18 am

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Way to much money for people to go to a game. That is the big complaint. I agree I wouldnt be able to afford taking my son to a game. Between the tickets the food the drinks and you know he will wants me to buy a shirt or a hat the whole 10 yards, I would need to bring 2 weeks worth of salary for 1 day game. Why dont some of these players buy all the remaming tickets after whatever is sold and have a give away maybe then they will fill the seats. I know yes the Yanks sell out and Sox and other big named teams. But it is said when the Rays can clinch playoffs maybe the AL East and cant even get half in the seats. players buy up all the tickets and show some appriciation to your fans for once. Pay for it all make a free day a couple times a year and give back.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:15 am

Players criticize (lack of) fans

People who complain about the Rays' crowds fail to realize two very important things:

1.) the stadium is actually in St. Pete....who the f--k wants to go to St. Pete? I'll tell you: dirty crackheads. Florida is a commuters state. People already drive an hour to work, most dont want to drive another hour in traffic to the Trop. If you dont live in Tampa, most chances are you commute to work. It was a stupid idea to put it in St. Pete in the first place. Tampa has the dense population, not St. Pete.

2.) everyone underestimates how hard Florida's economy got hit, not just with tourism due to the downturn and due to the "mistake in the Gulf", but also due to the horrible housing market and foreclosures. Florida's economy has been suffering as long as any other, yet everyone seems to turn a blind eye.

I guess a guy who makes millions to throw a ball 90 feet as hard as he can could care less about the struggles of the common man. Get yourself traded and go to another city then, whiney primadonna.

I'm not even a Rays fan, but i go to the games to support the team, so I can see my White Sox when they come to town. Maybe now i wont...

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:09 am

Players criticize (lack of) fans

I have to say this is kinda funny actually.  I always love it when athletes complain about fans that can't afford to go to games. And this one is even funnier because people have to drive as much as an hour each way because Tampa doesn't even play baseball in Tampa  lmao

David Price is grossing 1.8 million dollars this year and even if he's in a 40 percent tax bracket after all writeoffs and funny accounting he still takes home over 1 million dollars this year after taxes.  That's over 20 thousand dollars per WEEK pretending they get paid over a calendar year,,, and when you consider they don't even work the entire year it's even worse.

And that's actually chump change because if Price pitches like this again next year he'll approach 10 million in arbitration for 2 years before he scores a 100 million dollar deal or something retarded....

He better shut up and kiss some more ass really quick....

Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:08 am

Think about this for a moment

Listen, I am as big of a sports fan as anyone I know but I have also been around the block a few times. The economy in Florida is not very good and peop-le are continuing to foreclose on homes left and right.

People have had to adjust their lifestyles based on economic realities.

Also, it is high school and college football season, dohhhh

Everyone I know has had to tighten their belts in one manner or another, you make choices, school is back in, it's a weeknight, etc.

However, have professional athletes seen a drop in pay? Nope, pay continues to increase for all professional athletes. Not much worry about belt tightening in that group.

So, criticize the fans if you like, but be careful - in a lousy economy people will make choices and if you wail like a stuck pig about a lack of fan support, you may suffer the consequences.

Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:06 am

Players criticize (lack of) fans

Florida is not a major league state, period.  Marlins and Rays hav same problem.  It is a spring taining venue.  Population are early to bed and non drivers.  Also significant part of population are not there in summer.  Players are perfectly right but it is region not fans.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 9:53 am

Players criticize (lack of) fans

The TV ratings for the Rays are almost up 70% this year! The fans are there......the location of the dome & the cost is the problem.

With the home expercience improving greatly in the last few years with HDTV is it any wonder the fans are staying home.  I live over an hour from Toronto if traffic is moving well (it never is), and I used to go to a ton of games.  Now traffic seems to be getting worse so my "going to the ballpark" expercience is worse, and my tv 'stay at home" expercience is way better then is used to be and every single game is on tv. So I now go to fewer games and drink cheaper beer in the comfort of my recliner.

Should teams be concentrating on building smaller stadiums and concentrating more on maximizing the revenue stream that comes from TV?

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