How EmbarrassingOn Tuesday night, the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 at Tropicana Field. With the win, the Rays have clinched a playoff berth. They will either win the American League East Division title, or have to settle for the American League Wild Card spot. Either way, they are back in the postseason. What's disheartening is that only 17,891 fans paid to see the Rays advance to the postseason for the first time since their trip to the World Series in 2008.
If you're looking to see a cheap baseball game before the end of the 2010 regular season, get to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area tonight. According to Marc Topkin from tampabay.com, the Rays will distribute 20,000 free tickets to fans on a first-come, first-served basis. Let's see, 20,000 free tickets will be more than last night's paid attendance. Rumors were circulating that the tickets were being provided by star third baseman Evan Longoria and pitcher David Price, but those rumors were quickly squashed by the team president, Matt Silverman.
Despite having a solid young team in Tampa Bay, I wonder if the State of Florida needs to remain a home to two, if any, Major League Baseball franchises. Both the Rays and Florida Marlins, who call Miami home, fail to draw fans. What's worse is that the Marlins have won two World Series titles (1997 and 2003), and the Rays won the American League pennant in 2008 (only to lose to the Philadelphia Phillies).