Piniella to Tampa: C'mon, Trop's not that far
PITTSBURGH — One of Tampa's own has a message for Hillsborough County fans who haven't been attending Rays games because they consider the bridge a barrier:
Get over it.
"I watch how they're doing on the scoreboard and once in a while I glance at the attendance figures, hoping that attendance picks up over there the way it should," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Sunday. "They've got a good product now and there's no reason why people can't go out there and support it. Let's get the people from Tampa getting over there because it's a young, exciting club."
Piniella said he is pleased to see the Rays doing better and excited about returning to Tropicana Field with the Cubs June 17-19.
"I look forward to it," he said. "I hope there's big crowds; my wife already wants a suite, so we're going to have a lot of friends there."
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer