Without a doubt, the Rays have attendance problems. But with the Rays ranked in the top 10 in local television ratings, interest in the team is at an all-time high.

At the other end of the spectrum we have “The Red Sox Nation,” baseball fans that are smarter and better than regular fans and would never bail on their team! The group that can trace their Red Sox lineage back to a relative that wore a Red Sox cap on the Mayflower. The holier-than-thou “Red Sox Nation,” that can actually improve the potential of their team! Yeah, not so loyal after-all

On the eve of September 2010, here’s the problem: you now see through it. Whether one measures the Red Sox’ Q rating through television ratings, talk-show volume, web hits or that intangible buzz, the Sox took a major hit this year. Broadcast ratings have plummeted. Secondary ticket sales have slowed to a crawl if not stopped altogether. Fenway Park has gone from among the most fashionable places to be seen to just another ballpark, and the timing could not be worse for a Red Sox administration that might have been planning for another lean year.

All this for a team that some believe still has a shot at the playoffs.

To us, there are two different types of “bandwagon” fans. The first kind only becomes interested in a team when they start winning. We have no problem with this kind. In fact we love this bandwagon fan. Most fans start out this way and the Rays need a lot more of these bandwagoners.

The second kind of “bandwagon” fan bails on their team when things aren’t going so well. If you don’t want to spend money to go see a 100-loss team, we don’t blame you. But if you are a fan, you should at least remain interested. And what we are seeing now, is that much of “Red Sox Nation,” were only on board because that was what the cool kids were doing.

 
 

18 Comments

  1. Don says:

    Rays still missing opportunities to get Red Sox fans to “switch” during Sept. games plus for an Oct playoff run…but they will be sold out anyway most home games now on…

  2. Beth says:

    Yeah, and now let them have 10 losing seasons and see how long it takes them to regularly fill up Fenway after that.

    Did you photoshop that t-shirt, or is it really something we can buy?

  3. Sophie says:

    I think I speak for all my fellow Red Sox fans when I say that Tony Massarotti does not speak for all of us. I think you Rays fans need to stop feeling so inadequate about the Red Sox. And get your own song, damn it. Why the hell would you want to play Sweet Caroline when you beat the Red Sox. That just shrieks of insecurity.

    • Bobby Fenton says:

      The Rays aren’t trying to claim “your” song. No one outside of Boston thinks it is cool to begin with. It’s dorky. The song was played after the game the other night in a manner that could be termed as “mockingly”. Do you understand what is being said to you?

  4. Bairiki says:

    Sophie, you sorry, angry soul. We pity you.

    We pity you as fans since many of the “loyal” ones have jumped ship (LOL).

    We pity you because it was found out that that fat slob “Big Papi” took steroids, and is probably taking them again.

    We pity you because you’re such a loathsome bunch. Really, you Red Sox fans are hated across baseball. It’s a silent hate though.

    We pity you because your sad sack franchise went 86 years without a championship, and then people like you hopped on the bandwagon when the team started to win. Hey Sophie, I bet you’ll turn tail and become a Yankee fan pretty quick now.

    Enjoy watching this year’s playoffs, your team won’t be in them. And the Rays will be giving you and your ilk trouble for years. Accept it. Embrace it. And then F off and don’t come back to our stadium with Sox gear on ever again. :) K Thanks.

    • Sophie says:

      You’re damn lucky we ever come to your stadium, otherwise you wouldn’t have anyone there besides the 10 Rays fans that there are.

      • Bairiki says:

        Attendance, blah blah blah. That’s the only thing you can mention, you pathetic bandwagon loser. You hopped on in 2004 and you’re about to jump onto the Yankee bandwagon next. We’ve seen your scummy type time and again.

  5. Sophie says:

    Well I could mention your whiny manager, the hellhole your team plays in, and the ridiculousness of your irrational hatred of Victor Martinez, not to mention your preoccupation with the Red Sox but why bother?

    • Bairiki says:

      LOL. Cry yourself to sleep at night, loser. Wah! Wah! Wah! The Trop sucks! Wah! I’m losing sleep over it! Boo hoo hoo! No one respects the Red Sox! Waaaaaah! Oh wait the Yankees are winning this year so I’ll switch to them.

      Transparent dumbass :)

  6. smelpy says:

    i guess i was a bandwagoner when i started liking the rays (aka when i saw evan at the HR derby in 2008) but i rep the rays well in mass. and i am a very well-educated bandwagoner too so i can back up my love for the rays (and baseball) with plenty of stats and knowledge. there’s a segment on my favorite morning show up here, called “ask a pink hat” and it is embarassing to hear these idiot people try to answer questions about the red sox and baseball. granted they’re the drunks and chicks but still… disgusting.

  7. Sarah says:

    Guys, why are you even engaging with this Red Sox fan? The only dignified response to “Sophie” is silence.

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