We fully expect every national media outlet to comment on the attendance at The Trop for the next three days. We just didn’t know we would have to listen to Joe Maddon bitch about the attendance before the games even happen…
“In a baseball sense, [having good seats still available] would almost be unbelievable,” Maddon said. “If you’re truly a baseball person, and I think there’s enough of those around the Tampa Bay area, that if you had this opportunity to go out and see it in person to not — and we’re pretty reasonable in regards to our pricing and parking and everything else — that would be very disappointing actually.”
Thanks to JoeMa. Now all of the headlines will read, “Hey look, even the Rays manager says the fans suck.” Just awesome.
We get that somebody asked Maddon about the attendance and it wasn’t Maddon that brought it up. But that didn’t mean he had to comment. He could have politely said that his job as manager is to worry about what happens on the field. And in the middle of a pennant race, maybe he shouldn’t be worried about what is going on in the stands.
But hey, when you are the smartest guy in the room, sometimes it is hard to keep your mouth shut.