Albert Pujols suffered a small fracture in his forearm this past weekend, and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks. Of course, the immediate reaction from Rays fans was one of relief as the Cardinals will be in town the first weekend in July.
But not everybody in the Raysiverse can be happy about Pujols’ absence.
First, there are the fans that bought tickets to the weekend series for a rare glimpse at baseball’s best player. Pujols has played more than 1,600 games in his career, but only three of those were at Tropicana Field, way back in 2005.
And then there is the front office who may have been counting on three near-sellouts for the future hall-of-famer. Having Pujols on the shelf will almost certainly hurt attendance, especially among the walk-up crowd.
Unless of course you subscribe to the theory that the Rays are tanking ticket sales this season to force a move out of the Trop.