It’s no secret that Tampa Bay is not an ideal baseball market. The Tampa Bay Rays have been at the bottom of MLB attendance figures since the team’s inception in 1998.
The joke has long been, ‘The Rays couldn’t sell out a playoff game LOL’. The joke gets even funnier when you realize that they, in fact, can’t sell out for a playoff game.
In a do-or-die game 3 facing elimination at home, the Tampa Bay faithful came out in droves.
Standing room only at the Trop today for Rays-Astros. pic.twitter.com/5RBdSuBLYN
— Mike Cole (@MikeColeNESN) October 7, 2019
Tropicana Field has a listed capacity of 42,735, they were barely able to squeeze in 32 K for the first playoff baseball game in Tampa in 6 years.
Astros vs Rays. Playoff game. Here’s what the crowd looks like in St. Pete’s. Just put the damn team in Montreal already. pic.twitter.com/gYylU1TiQV
— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) October 7, 2019
I mean this was just gross. What’s embarrassing is that the Rays are a REALLY good baseball team, and they showed that today as they beat the dick out of the Astros 10-3. The undersized crowd even had some stuff to get loud about when Kevin Kiermaier went deep in the second.
Kevin Kiermaier’s first at bat at the Trop in his postseason career pic.twitter.com/FxZ5U2sAcF
— Joe 🎃 (@PulisicFanClub) October 7, 2019
Imagine if they had 10,000 more fans at the ballpark? That place would be RUCKUS. Instead, we get images like this to hang our hats on.
Let me be perfectly clear about something. As long as the Tampa Bay Rays exist, I don’t ever want to hear anyone criticize the Sens for playoff attendance ever again. pic.twitter.com/unzg0yst4L
— Brian Fraser (@brianpfraser) October 7, 2019
Move the team back to Canada, The city and people of Tampa don’t deserve this baseball team.
Photo: MLB Network