At the end of Sunday’s broadcast of “The Sports Reporters” on ESPN, Boston columnist Bob Ryan used his “parting shot” to take aim at Rays fans and their lack of support for the Rays (see video below).
After complimenting Joe Maddon, Ryan had this to say about Rays fans…
“But the flip-side is they play in a horrible ballpark and few people down there care at all. The Rays are the baseball tree falling in a very large forest. I don’t know of another organization in any sport that has done more things right in front of a less appreciative audience than the Tampa Bay Rays. And that’s the truth.”
We can all sit here and complain about how Ryan is just another sheep ignoring the big picture and making reactionary judgements based on one number. We can talk about how he ignores the lack of corporate support in St. Pete that other teams get to enjoy. And we can bitch about how he is completely ignoring the strong television ratings which show there are lots of fans that are not going to the games for what is probably a dozen different reasons.
But the biggest issue here is Ryan’s timing. Why now? The Rays haven’t played a home game in TWO WEEKS.
The answer most likely is tied to the Rays overtaking the Red Sox in the standings this weekend (the Rays were in first place when this segment aired). And the only way Ryan could defend his beloved Sox was to take a shot at Rays fans.
It’s the classic “sure you won, but your mom is ugly” mentality of most losers. And let’s face it, outside of two titles in the steroids era (the same number as the Marlins), the Red Sox and their fans know a thing or two about losing.