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Old 09-28-2010, 10:03 AM
 
Location: FL
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So Longoria and Price start ripping the fans for not showing up at games, sort of biting the hand that feeds them.

Do you think it was right or wrong?

Here is the ESPN article about it:
Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay Rays calls out team's fans for not showing up - ESPN

p.s. I've $1,000.00 on games this year and I'm not even a Rays fan. How much more do they want from me?
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Sounds like a pretty alienating move. Get rid of the cowbell ringers and maybe more people will show up.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:14 AM
 
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As an outsider I am curious about this. Is the team just not connecting well with the community or is it just the location? They're obviously winning now and in sports thats generally the cure all, but what is it that keeps the fans from supporting the team in person. The Bucs have and always been TB first team, can the Rays have anywhere near the same type of success?
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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They've always had a fairly low attendance rate, save for a season or two. I guess it can be attributed to the location, lack of interest, and loyalty to other teams (especially the Yankees and Red Sox).
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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I have an idea. How about all the Rays players take a 10% salary cut and the team can use that money and cut ticket costs. Even the lowest paid player would still be making $360,000.

It would be a little over $7 million a year, a little over $80,000 a game. They could cut the bleacher seats down to $5-8.

I started going to baseball games very young and when I got old enough me and my friends would ride the bus to the games at Shea. We would get bleacher seats and because the Mets sucked at the time we would be able to move all the way down.

After the strikes I had enough, I stopped following baseball for the most part.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, Fl
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So Longoria and Price start ripping the fans for not showing up at games, sort of biting the hand that feeds them.

Do you think it was right or wrong?

Here is the ESPN article about it:
Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay Rays calls out team's fans for not showing up - ESPN

p.s. I've $1,000.00 on games this year and I'm not even a Rays fan. How much more do they want from me?

I read the article........I don't think he was "ripping" the fans and I think he is correct.
I live near Philly. The fans here are great. The Phils have sold out every game this year and have sold standing room only tickets. There is nothing like 40,000 fans waving white towels to get excited. If I was a player, I would like to see that type of support for a winning team. If you suck, you shouldn't expect anyone to show.

Last night, the Phils clinched the NL EAST in Washington. 95% of the fans at Washington were Philly fans. It was actually kind of funny watching all the Philly fans at another teams park.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: right here
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I think he is right-I've never seen so many people not be fans-I went to the Pirates game-the Pirates are the worst team in baseball-I think there were over 18k-it's sad that no one goes to the games-Tampa has a winning team and no one cares -or very few...
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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not reading the article. put the stadium in tampa and i'll go to 2 games a week as opposed to a game a month.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:19 AM
 
Location: right here
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not reading the article. put the stadium in tampa and i'll go to 2 games a week as opposed to a game a month.
At least you actually go to a game-I've been here almost 2 years and have gone to about 40 games-most people haven't gone at all-
Again, he is right and it's sad how no one supports the teams-
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:34 AM
 
Location: N.H Gods Country
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It has to be loyalty to other teams.There's good attendance when they play the Red Sox and Yankees. Is it really that long a drive across the bridge? When i lived in NH we had to drive almost 2 hours to Fenway if we were lucky enough to get tickets. I don't think the Rays actual fan base is really that large. The real Rays fans are the ones sitting in the stands.
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