The Rays' World Series-clinching game Sunday against the Red Sox drew the largest audience for any baseball game in the history of cable TV, attracting 13.4-million viewers, according to TBS. Viewer totals on individual cities were not yet available, but 967,000 households watched in Boston, compared to 491,000 households in the Tampa-St. Petersburg market (because a household can have any number of residents, the viewer totals take more time to produce). The total TBS viewership Sunday passed the 10-million who watched the 1998 Cubs-Cardinals game in which Mark McGwire tied the single-season home run record.
Rays' memorabilia still not worth much
The team that couldn't win makes it to the World Series. Must be time to cash in on those old Danny Clyburn jerseys, right? Nope. The only value your old Devil Rays memorabilia has is sentimental, according to Pete Williams, a Safety Harbor journalist and author of Sports Memorabilia for Dummies. "The Rays don't have a long or storied history, so no one is going to start reminiscing about Wilson Alvarez memorabilia," he said. "You will still see a fair number of people who bring out the old aquamarine rainbow gear or even the most recent green gear but I think the folks doing that are just trying to prove they have been there forever." Although baseball dominates the sports memorabilia market, a player's popularity determines the price of an item. Plus, the item has to be hard to find. "This notion that sports memorabilia is an investment is just incorrect," Williams said.
eBay-related Rays item of the day
Want to watch the World Series with 200 of your closest friends in a trendy downtown eatery? It's all yours if you can outbid the next guy. Bella Brava, the Central Avenue hot spot, is renting the restaurant on eBay for home games. Bidding starts at $25,000.
Drunk, rowdy and now under arrest
We thought we'd let you know the score of Sunday night's game: There were 25 ejections and six arrests reported by St. Petersburg police, including two who jumped onto the field without the express written consent of Major League Baseball. Here's a brief rundown:
• Matthew P. Seppala, 20, of Orlando, arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct (bad language and drunkenness).
• Julio R. Rodriguez, 35, of Miami, arrested on charges of disorderly intoxication and obstruction/resisting arrest.
• Jason D. Chambers, 25, of 12000 Fourth St. N, and Eric D. Flanders, 25, of 1221/2 19th Ave. N, both arrested on charges of disorderly conduct. According to police, Chambers and Flanders jumped over a concrete wall to get onto the field at Tropicana Field after the Rays' win. Officers and security stationed by the rightfield foul pole quickly ran down Chambers and Flanders.
• Christopher L. Nager, 32, of Coconut Creek, arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after refusing to leave Ferg's Sports Bar and Grill.
• Eric P. Chase, 21, of 245 Chianti Place in Palm Harbor, arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication after he caused a ruckus at Ferg's.