The Rays Are Winning. So Buy A Ticket, Tampa!

When even a pennant race for heretofore-hapless team can't fill seats, there's trouble
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2008 3:08 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Rays' Justin Ruggiano crashes into the wall.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Tampa Bay Rays have the best record in the American League, but you wouldn’t know it from the turnout at Tropicana Field, John Romano writes in the St. Petersburg Times. Even a heretofore-hapless franchise contending for the first time ever fills just a third of the seats. “It really takes the wind out of our sails,” the team’s president said.

“In recent days, the market has set a new standard for disinterest considering this is Tampa Bay's very first pennant race,” Romano writes. “If this is pennant fever, when did we get inoculated?” He concludes, “The Rays were even one of two teams in the majors to not raise ticket prices this season. So my advice: Heck, why not just hold out until they let you come for free.”