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Is There Anybody Out There?
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 4/10/2008 10:47:00 AM
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There can't be more than 3,000 in attendance for the Rays games today. I'm sure the boxscore will say 20,000 were there or something, but I bet if you were in the pressbox you could count the people by hand. It's not the gigantic no-show that the Marlins-Nationals put on last season, but this one's in a dome; it's not like humidity is a factor. There are more people at Del Boca Vista than at the Rays game. Do people not call in sick in Florida?


I work in St. Pete and can tell you - people just don't care. I don't think it would occur to most of us to take off work to go see the Rays.
Posted by MPStopa at 4/10/2008 12:14:00 PM
Even if the Rays contended for the division I can't imagine much attendance. The facility doesn't look like much of an attraction, which I think is undervalued. Even if you have a crappy team, people will still come to see the park. SF will probably still have decent attendance numbers.
Posted by MotownRandy at 4/10/2008 12:23:00 PM
I happened to be there; took a long lunch and everything, so Rotowire did its part ... The attendance was announced as 12K and change, and yeah, that was about the body count. Trust me, I've been there when the crowd was much smaller. Actually, a big part of the problem was the opponent. Seattle is just a very unappealing draw. Still, winning heals a lot and gets people in the stands; the Rays don't have a winning tradition. If they're over .500 at the break and the crowds still stay in this range, then you've got a real beef. Until then, I take it with a grain of salt; it was a weekday afternoon game with a non-marquee opponent.
Posted by sixsigmagus at 4/10/2008 2:37:00 PM
Only 12K wanted to see Miguel Batista battle Edwin Jackson?
Posted by vtadave at 4/10/2008 3:00:00 PM

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