So the Rays failed to clinch a playoff berth? Joe’s not worried. It’s not if, but when.
But that Derek Shelton special, a three-hit shutout loss to the putrid Orioles, quickly took a backseat to the grousing of Rays players that the Fruitdome was not packed to the catwalks by fans. Dirtbag and David Price lashed out after the game, using two different forms of media, to express their disgust with the Tampa Bay community.
First it was Dirtbag, who admitted he had been biting his tongue for some time. Cork previously documented Dirtbag’s thoughts.
But the big blowup was David Price. Again Cork has this documented.
In minutes, the issue had gone viral on Twitter. Apparently enough fans shot back at Price that he issued a public apology, but it was too late. Even Joe’s good friend, the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620, shot back at Price, speaking for the Rays fandom as a whole.
@BigDogwdae @DAVIDprice14. How would you like it if they showed up to watch you lay an egg like you did? You guys offended the whole town with comments.
Duemig went further when he posted on his Facebook account:
It’s all out war now!!! Players need to shut their YAPS and so does the national media, as they are jumping on the Price and Longoria bandwagon. Stick to freaking baseball guys. You could have clinched on Sunday in front of 25k!!!
At a time when there should be so much joy, there is now a divide between the players and fans.
At least Rays fans don’t have to resort to shady, underground foreign websites to watch low-quality streaming of the Rays.
WTSP-TV producer and co-founder of RaysRev.com, Mike Weber, answered Price’s initial missive with a beautifully written piece of sarcasm chastising Rays fans (wink, wink) on behalf of Price and Dirtbag.
I don’t care that the there was no way of knowing that tonight’s game was going to be a clincher until well after midnight last night. I don’t care that maybe you don’t have the money or the time to drop everything and head out to a baseball game.
Maybe you should’ve called in sick to that second job you’ve got in the evening. Don’t worry, it’s not like there are other people out there trying for the same job. Maybe you should find someone else to watch the kids while your husband is working overtime. Or maybe you should play hooky.
I don’t care that maybe you’re trying to save a few of your extra dollars to put toward a playoff ticket or two. I don’t care that you have other obligations for your money.
In short, Joe believes players — no matter the team — should concern themselves with their jobs on the field. The rest, eventually, will take care of itself.
Last time Joe checked, there is still work to be accomplished.