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Piniella says Hillsborough residents have no excuse not to check out Rays

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

Piniella says Hillsborough residents have no excuse not to check out Rays 05/25/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 4:07pm]
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