If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and try to project what they will do based on what we have learned. Think of RI as “Tampa Bay Rays 101.”

However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans. Looking back at last year’s 12 Days of Raysmas, we see that many of our wishes came true (including that sweet no-hitter), and the result was another division title.

Without further ado…

On the ninth day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us,  NINE sellouts…

Here are the Rays sellouts at Tropicana Field*…

We’re not asking for miracles here. But we are asking that the Rays continue to show gradual improvements in attendance. And in 2011, we would like to see the Rays break the franchise record for sellouts in a season (8 in 2008).

* Capacity at Tropicana Field was approximately 45,000 until 2007, when ownership covered the seats in the upper-deck. Since then capacity has been 36,000-38,000.

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  1. a.j. says:

    Unfortunately, I don't see this happening. Currently, we don't have a roster that would suggest we'll even sellout opening day. I can see us selling out in Crawford's return and maybe a couple more Red Sox or Yankees games, but that's about it.

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  2. Don says:

    Well thats 9 MORE than the TAMPA Bucs and 9 more that the TAMPA Lightning...hey... lets move the Rays to TAMPA!

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    • Lroy10 says:

      The Lightening average attendance for the last 4 years...
      10-11 is at 85% capacity, avg 16,497, 5th best record in the NHL
      09-10 was 76% capacity, they finished 25th in the NHL
      08-09 was 85% capacity, avg 16,497 they finished second to last in the NHL
      07-08 was 94% capacity, avg 18,692, worst team in the NHL

      The Bucs average attendance for the last 4 years
      2010 was 75% stadium capacity, finished 12th overall and should have been a playoff team.
      2009 was 96% capacity, finished 3-13
      2008 was 98% capacity, finished 9-7
      2007 was 99% capacity, finished 9-7

      The Rays average attendance for the last 4 years
      2010 was 52.9% capacity, avg 23,204, won the AL East
      2009 was 52.6% capacity, avg 23,147 finished 6 over and 11 out.
      2008 was 52.8% capacity, avg 22,259, won AL East, lost WS
      2007 was 41% capacity, worst team in MLB

      Considering the avg Rays attendance the last 3 years was propped by the weekend attendance, the fact that Tampa can support a bad hockey and mediocre football team it might not be a bad idea if they thought about moving the Rays to Tampa. Either that or they need to change the max capacity at Trop to 23,000 and everyone can just stfu. Something has to change one way or another or they're gonna get moved out of state.

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  3. a.j. says:

    Hey, the lightning have soldout a couple games. And Bucs games are just a lot of money, and the Glazers didn't do well to take care of season ticket holders...to go as a couple with my wife to a Bucs game would cost around $150-$200, and there's just a lot of people that can't afford that right now. I know I'm not the only one in that boat. I'm hoping to make 10-12 Rays games this year because I'm just a bigger baseball fan. Would love to make more but with the hour and a half drive to get home and the price of gas skyrocketing...again...it's just tough. Would love them to move to Tampa, but wouldn't mind if it even just moved to the northern part of St. Pete (gateway area).

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    • Don says:

      Bucs only play 8 "real" home home games a year, have 3.2 mil population to draw from, on a Sunday afternoon (nobody works), trying to make the playoffs, and win 10 games, and the stadium is 1/2 full....Does that sound like a sports town you would like to move your team to (if you owned the Rays)?
      Inquiring "minds" want to know!

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  4. a.j. says:

    On a separate topic, according to mlbtraderumors.com, the Rays could be a fit for Adam Laroche. I hadn't really given him much thought but he's definitely a steady bat in the middle of the lineup. He's not a top flight free agent, but with the market being affordable, he could make a lot of sense. He K's at a somewhat high clip, but still hits in the .265-.275 range with 25+ HR power and will drive in 85-105 runs...could be more hitting behind Longo. He's looking for a 3/$21 mil deal...maybe we could try to get him down to 2/$13 mil with a team option for $7.5

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