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Rays like what they saw

   The Rays were still playing the last innings of Thursday's finale to the Disney series with Texas, but team president Matt Silverman said it already was a success.

   Thursday’s game drew the biggest crowd of the three games, an announced 9,635, despite afternoon rain that forced battng practice to be canceled and the tarp to be put on the field. The total for the three games was 26,917 -  an average of 8,972.

   Silverman termed the three-day experiment “very successful” and said the Rays “look forward to continuing our commitment to the Orlando market” but it was too soon to say whether they would seek to play more games there next season.

     “It was a very successful visit to Central Florida,’’ Silverman said. “I think the fans come away with a taste of our brand of baseball and the type of entertainment in the ballpark we’re striving for. It was great exposure, high visibility for the team, and these three games got the attention of the market, which was a big priority of ours.’’

   Disney vice president Reggie Williams said he considered the series “a big success’ and sounded interested in booking a return visit. “We welcome the conversation,’’ he said.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:31am]


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