Two weeks ago, Peter Gammons called the Rays attendance “shameful” and remarked that the Rays should be drawing 30,000 fans a game. This was after Gammons previously wrote that the Rays should move to New Jersey or Connecticut. Joe Sherman of the New York Post also called for the Rays to move to Connecticut.
So if this is what these, and many other people, think of the Rays, then why are they not writing the same columns about the Cincinnati Reds?
The Reds are also in first-place, are supposedly in a “good baseball town” and play in a ballpark that is less than 10 years old. And yet, the Reds are drawing fewer fans than the “shameful” Rays.
Let’s compare the numbers…
Maybe it is time for the talking heads to shut up and admit they were wrong about the Tampa-St. Pete area. Maybe the Bay Area will never draw 4 million fans in a season, but if one were to rank big league cities by how well they support major league baseball, the Rays are far from the biggest problem.