Longoria: Small crowds "disheartening" and "embarassing"
UPDATE, 11:16: Now that the story for the paper is done, here are some of Longoria's quotes:
* “I don’t think there’ any more time for rationalizations. We figured if we have a chance at the beginning of September then maybe the fans will come and now it’s the end of September and its almost October and were still kind o flooking up in the seats going where is everybody?''
* “Obviously we want to bring a championship to Tampa. And we’d like more than 12,000 to 15,000 to know about it.’’’
* “For us to play 155 games and go a full season of playing really good baseball, it’s kind of like, what else do we have to do to draw fans into this place. It’s actually embarrassing for us.’’
* “We’ve been playing great baseball all year and since I’ve been here in ‘06 fans have wanted a good baseball team. They’ve wanted to watch a contender. And for us to play good baseball for three years now and for us to be in a spot to clinch again and go to the playoffs, we’re all confused as to why there’s only 15,000 to 20,000 in the building.’’
DEVELOPING: Rays All-Star 3B Evan Longoria said after Monday's potential playoffs clincher drew only 12,446 that the small crowds are "disheartening" and "embarassing."