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Q&A: Rays don't draw well anywhere

Rays don't draw well anywhere

How do the attendance numbers for the Rays' home games compare with the attendance at their away games, especially teams that have relatively new stadiums, such as Baltimore? When I watch the away games it doesn't appear that they draw all that well, either.

The fact is, the Rays don't draw particularly well anywhere. According to statistics kept by espn.com, the Rays have drawn slightly better on the road than at home in each of the past four years, which is where we started the research because it's when they started fielding a more competitive team.

But they're still among the lowest-rated teams in attendance both at home and on the road.

This year, through games of May 15, the Rays were averaging 17,288 at home, which was 27th in baseball and 21st in terms of percentage drawn against capacity. There are 30 teams in the majors.

On the road, the Rays were playing before 25,524 a game. That's 23rd in baseball, and 24th when measured against capacity.

In 2010, the Rays were 22nd in home attendance with 22,758 a game (24th in percentage against capacity), and 28th in road attendance at 27,187 a game (but last, 30th in percentage against capacity).

In 2009, home attendance was 23,147, 23rd in baseball and also 23rd in percentage against capacity. On the road, they drew 28,643 a game, 22nd in baseball and 25th in percentage against capacity.

And in 2008, the season the Rays went to the World Series, they drew 22,259 per home game (26th in the league, 24th measured against capacity) and 30,342 on the road (21st in the league, and 24th in percentage of capacity).

We should add that attendance is down throughout baseball: 21 of the 30 teams are under their 2010 attendance through May 15, according to www.baseball-reference.com. And the trend has been down since 2007, when a record 79,447,312 attended an MLB game.

Obama clothes off rack, too

U.S. first ladies' dresses and accessories are usually credited without delay but nothing is ever said about the American presidents' clothes. Could you shed some light on who tailors him?

As you note, there is precious little known about the president's clothes. The most interesting tidbit we found that relates to your question is that five of the last six presidents have worn suits designed by the late Bijan Pakzad, an Iranian-American designer who ran a Beverly Hills boutique until he died April 16 at age 71. His clothes were worn by presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Obama also reportedly favors suits found on the rack at Chicago tailor Hart Schaffner Marx.

Q&A: Rays don't draw well anywhere 05/23/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:26pm]
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