Earlier today we told you about how Dick Vitale called the attendance at last night’s game “pathetic.” Now Evan Longoria is jumping on board. And he wants to remind everybody that he only loves Rays fans that come to the park. The rest of you can f*ck off.
After Vitale sent his message out to his nearly 400,000 followers, calling the attendance “pathetic,” Longoria retweeted (forwarded) the message to his 140,000 followers, a move that is generally considered an endorsement of what is written.
And for the record I appreciate and love every fan that is in the stadium and supporting us.
Of course, this comment seems to imply that Longoria doesn’t love the fans that can’t show up or can’t afford to show up. Of course, maybe the comment is just poorly worded. But here is what Longoria had to say in 2010 after calling the attendance embarassing…
“…the one thing I do want to say is, for the fans that have been coming out, we are happy that they have been…That’s the one thing: Just moving forward from all this, and not looking back, we need to say ‘thank you’ to the fans that have been here throughout everything…The fans that have been here have been very supportive. That’s the biggest thing for me is just thanking those people.”
So to the people that live too far away and yet still put money in Longoria’s pocket by buying the MLB Extra Innings package, or MLB.tv, or that jersey and hat the MLB.com shop, or to the fans that would prefer to feed their children in this tough economic climate in the Tampa Bay area and just watch on TV helping to raise ratings and boost the Rays’ television revenue, Longo basically just told you to f*ck off and shut up.
OK, ok. Longoria isn’t telling people to f*ck off. But that is what a lot of fans heard. And I can’t blame them for being upset.