USATSI_8799968_154511044_lowresApproximately three hours before the first pitch for the American League Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium between the Yankees and Astros, there are still tickets available. This is according to Mike Francesa of WFAN in New York.

Of course, the Rays have plenty of their own attendance issues, but the team and the area would be skewered by the national media and fans across the country if the Rays failed to sell out a playoff game. And that is in Tampa-St. Pete, a market that is not even in the same neighborhood as New York City.

Meanwhile, by my count, the Rays have sold out 11 of their 13 home playoff games, with the other two just missing. But hey, who’s counting.

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  1. Michael says:

    I was at what I'm pretty sure was one of the two Rays home playoff games to not sell out. It was the first round against the Rangers in 2010 (I think, maybe 2011). MLB scheduled that game in the early afternoon (to give priority to the Yankees) with something like only 24 to 48 hours notice. You had to purchase tickets not knowing if you needed to make plans to take off for work, arrange for child care, etc. It was a major pain in the butt for me and my friends at least.

    Yet all you heard in the national press was how pathetic the area was for not selling out a playoff home game.

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    • Joe says:

      I remember that. I had bought extra tickets to the game assuming I'd make a few bucks selling them. I should've waited until they announced game times.

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  2. mobula says:

    Montreal is on the phone!

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  3. brent says:

    I noticed a lot of empty seats, especially the expensive seats. Regardless, it really cool to see & hear Big Tree commentating w/ ESPN during the game. With Archer's help along with JoeMah ESPN commercials for tomorrow's game shows the Rays are a big part of baseball! Rays & Rays, for the people, lol...

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  4. edward says:

    There were two playoff games not sold out, I thought there was only one, the one where the rays got screwed against the rangers. Don't remember the other one.

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