First came news that all three games of the Rays-Yankees series was sold out. Sure Alex Rodriguez’ pursuit of 600 has a little to do with that. But still, it is the first time in franchise history that the Rays have sold out three consecutive home game.
And then came the announcement of yesterday’s attendance for the fourth game of the Tigers series: 26,716.
Twenty-seven thousand for a mid-week game? Versus a Central division team? A day game? That floors us.
Last season, the Rays only had seven mid-week games (Mon-Thurs) that drew more than 26,716. All seven were versus the Yankees or Red Sox. And all seven were night games. Only once in 2009 did the Rays have a mid-week, afternoon game versus a non-divisional foe that drew more than 16,200. That was an Aug 3 match-up versus the Royals that drew 24,219. We believe that was also a kids day-camp game.
And yet, when we scan the national media outlets this morning we don’t see anything written about the Rays attendance. Maybe we should ask Peter Gammons if he still thinks it is “shameful.“