Evan LongoriaPlaying A Little Pepper

Was told that attendance tonight and tomorrow will look like yesterday (bad) but will be much better this weekend…We never got around to posting this, but here are the Rays fans at last night’s game using Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide who got the bat that flew into the stands…Evan Longoria’s diving stop last night (seen in The Hangover post) was Baseball Tonight’s top “Web Gem” and was the no. 2 play on SportsCenter’s “Top Plays.” The Rays now have both of the top Web Gems for the season including Desmond Jennings’ diving grab on opening day…Evan Longoria is one home run behind Carlos Pena (163) for the most in franchise history…Sunday’s game against the Rangers will be the Rays’ first “Bark in the Park” game with dogs allowed into The Trop.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Wil Myers, RF
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Logan Forsythe, DH
  6. James Loney, 1B
  7. Sean Rodriguez, LF
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Yunel Escobar, SS
  10. Matt Moore, SP




  1. Dave L says:

    SRod hits lefties well and is 6 for 19 vs Buehrle and Molina is 10-34 (before anyone blows a gasket).

    We hit Buerle pretty well as a team hopefully it continues. Not many HR but alot of hits.

  2. rac says:

    well i was thinking about buying some tickets this year but i see after 3 games it is the same ole rays. score 9 runs one game and 2 the next two games. no thanks. i will keep my money. when you become consistent give me a call.

    • Alex says:

      90+ wins 5 years in a row isn’t consistent enough for you? Being top 5 in total wins in the past 5 years isn’t consistent enough for you?

      • Rob says:

        They are actually in the top 2. The only team to win more games than the Rays since the start of the 2008 season is the Yankees, and they had to spend literally $900m more than the Rays to do it. Almost a billion dollars more in payroll translates to 14 more wins than the Rays over 6 seasons. That’s $64m per win.

        This organization has done everything right (with maybe the exception of marketing). I want to say the fans in this area suck, but that really isn’t rational. All I can conclude is that there aren’t enough baseball fans in this area to support a team – barely 10,000 in attendance tonight. The Rays have a very strong case for moving – maybe more so than any other team in recent history.

  3. rac says:

    alex, yep you are sooooo right. but you forgot. they consistently lose in the playoffs.


    and not sure what team you follow but this team is excellent at marketing. and you are right they need to move if they want attendance. move to tampa.

    • Rob says:

      I follow the Rays – have for a long time. I agree they are excellent at marketing to their base, but they have not done a good job creating buzz among the average fan. They are very fan friendly, but their message isn’t reaching the masses.

    • Rob says:

      And by area, I mean the entire TB Metro area. A move to Tampa will not solve their attendance problem. It might improve it slightly, but they will still be near the bottom in league average.

    • Alex says:

      So you’ll only buy tickets if they win World Series. Got it

    • Alex says:

      Or would you rather than hit a lot, score a lot but not make the playoffs? Would that be better for you and make you want to go?

  4. rac says:


    actually i agree with you. a move to downtown tampa will just marginally help. but a move to the fair grounds would greatly help. especially if they make it a ‘ball park experience’ with restaurants and activities. in that location they can get disney, sarasota/bradenton tourist.

  5. Jason says:

    St. Pete gets the sarasota fan a lot easier than the fair grounds. It’s the corporate backing they are not getting. Where is Jabil, and Raymond James? Headquartered in St. Pete but no presence at the rays game, yet go to a lightning game and Jabil is advertised everywhere!

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