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MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams rips the Trop



williams.MLB Network analyst and former big-league pitcher Mitch "Wild Thing'' Williams ripped into the Trop on Thursday, calling it a "bad stadium'' and saying it was the reason the Rays are struggling at the gate. Appearing on WDAE-AM 620 with Rick Stroud and myself, Williams was asked why the Rays can't draw more fans.

"It's simple: the stadium,'' Williams said.

When asked if it was the location of the stadium, Williams said, "It's just a bad stadium. It's not someplace nice where you are going to say, 'Let's load up the family and go. The kids can have fun. There are different areas where the kids can go play.' It's just a bad stadium.''

Attendance across the majors is up slightly so far this season over last season, but the Rays are averaging 19,799 -- better than only the A's (19,077) and Indians (16,084).

Asked if he would be bothered to play in front of such small crowds on a regular basis, Williams said, "Yeah it would bother me. It bothers every player. You play the game for yourself, but you draw adrenaline from your fan base.''

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