Larry Dobrow is the latest to play the stereotype-card and make a lame Rays attendance “joke.” Keep in mind, this is a piece on utility players that are having a good season. What does that have to do with Rays attendance? We have no idea. But here is the note on Ben Zobrist, who ranks as the second-best “utility scrub”* (thanks Andy).
He’s the rare guy on this list who plays two positions well. Factor in the bat and the Zorilla nickname, and you’ve got a fan favorite. Well, you would if the Rays had any fans.
Get it? It’s because the Rays don’t draw 4 million fans a year!
Our question for Larry Dobrow is: If the Rays don’t have any fans, then how many fans do the Reds, A’s and Blue Jays have? Those three teams have winnings records and average fewer fans per games than the Rays. But hey, making a joke about Rays attendance is easy when a baseball writer is lazy.
Hey Larry, research is a writer’s friend. Try it some time.
*Apparently, playing 56 of your team’s 59 games with 43 of those at one position now qualifies one as a “utility scrub.”