An intelligent take on the Rays
Deadspin.com is one of the most entertaining sports Web sites on the internet, although it's not everyone's cup of tea because of its occasional R-rated content. But it is worth reading for one writer especially: Barry Petchesky, who always seems to have an intelligent take on any subject. Petchesky weighed in on the Rays' attendance issue with, well, an intelligent take. Among Petchesky's comments:
Thanks to a million things going just the way they did over the past six months, Monday happened to be an opportunity for the Rays to clinch at least a playoff spot. Note that this wasn't clear until late Sunday night: we're really blasting fans for not heading to last night's game on the spur of the moment, because they should have dropped their plans and shown up in droves to celebrate a worst-case scenario of a Wild Card.
It doesn't help matters that they've conceded they're blowing up the team over the winter.
The fact is, we've never been able to judge the passion of fans in Florida because neither of their teams have ever opened up the purse strings, fielded a regular winner, or played in an attractive stadium. The Rays have always been a horribly managed team financially, and are now coasting on their conveyor belt of high draft picks. It's an axiom everywhere in baseball, not to mention in life: you have to spend money to make money.
If the Rays are struggling to draw 15,000, or 20,000 people every night, don't blame Florida fans as a whole. Blame the Rays.
Click here to read his entire take.