TORONTO — Even with the Yankees in town, first place on the line and David Price and CC Sabathia in a marquee matchup for tonight's opener, there are still plenty of good seats available for the three-game series at the Trop.
And that, Rays manager Joe Maddon said, is too bad.
"In a baseball sense, that would almost be unbelievable," Maddon said. "If you're truly a baseball person, and I think there's enough of those around the Tampa Bay area, that if you had this opportunity to go out and see it in person to not — and we're pretty reasonable in regards to our pricing and parking and everything else — that would be very disappointing actually.
"At least close to being a sellout, 30-(thousand)-plus is what that series deserves every night in our situation."
As of Sunday, that didn't sound like the case, with the Rays saying there were tickets available in all seating categories.
"Listen, all the little inner dynamics working down there regarding the reasons why we cannot come, and there's a myriad of reasons, and they exist throughout the entire United States and in Canada," Maddon said. "Okay. So it's about supporting your group, how much that matters, and how much it matters looking down the road."
— Marc Topkin, Times staff writer