After committing three errors the other night in Toronto, Evan Longoria noted that the Blue Jays fans were especially tough on him. He also noted how few were at the game (via TampaBay.com)…
“When there’s only, what, 15,000 people there, you can hear everything that everybody’s saying.”
Yes, on Tuesday night, the official attendance was just 15,331. But here’s the problem that the Rays don’t enjoy: The actual number of fans at the Rogers Centre was probably half that figure. And even that might be too generous (see image above).
One of the big reasons for these discrepancies is that teams report tickets sold. And on a lot of weeknights, many of the tickets purchased by corporations go unused.
On the other hand, as we have noted here in the past, the Rays have very little corporate support. So when 10,000 fans show up at The Trop, the reported attendance might only be 11,000 or 12,000, and the national media loses its goddamned mind.
But when 8,000 show up in Toronto, they can still report 15,000. And nobody notices.