The Trop

  • Major League Baseball Drops New ‘Do Over’ Rule For Catwalks

    Major League Baseball Drops New ‘Do Over’ Rule For Catwalks

    March 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm 4 comments

    Prior to the 2010 playoffs, Major League Baseball changed Tropicana Field’s ground rules affecting batted balls that strike the catwalks. Those changes were in effect for a grand total of three games. Today, the Rays announced that the groundrules will revert back to the pre-postseason rules. In short, any ball […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Old Turf, Extending Joyce And Hamilton’s New Deal

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Old Turf, Extending Joyce And Hamilton’s New Deal

    February 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm 2 comments

    Want a one-foot by one-foot piece of the Rays old FieldTurf? It will cost you $25 at next weekend’s FanFest, and all proceeds go to charity. For comparison, the Yankees sold one square-foot chunks of old Yankee Stadium sod for $120. Of course, the Yankees may have missed their price-mark. […]

     
  • The Cold Dome of the Soul

    The Cold Dome of the Soul

    October 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm 7 comments

    Ever since B.J. Upton meekly popped up for the final out of the final game of the Rays’ 2010 season, nearly every scribe, blogger, writer, and analyst following the team has penned his or her ode to the past seven months of Bay Area baseball. Some have written of disappointment, […]

     
  • MLB Approves Change To Trop And Catwalk Groundrules

    MLB Approves Change To Trop And Catwalk Groundrules

    October 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm 11 comments

    Back in August, a batted ball struck a catwalk at The Trop costing the Rays a game. At the time we wondered if Major League Baseball would change the groundrules prior to the playoffs. Now we learn that they have. In a press release today, the Rays announced that MLB approved […]

     
  • Is Tropicana Field Haunted?

    Is Tropicana Field Haunted?

    September 17, 2010 at 8:00 am 5 comments

    A Rays fan was at Tropicana Field during yesterday’s off-day and noticed this car in the parking lot (thanks Sookie)… Turns out this Chevrolet HHR belongs to Jason Rawley of Fireblade Comics and a member of “The Real Tampa Bay Ghostbusters.” You can see a gallery and more on how […]

     
  • Would A Bullet Train Solve The Rays Attendance Woes?

    Would A Bullet Train Solve The Rays Attendance Woes?

    September 3, 2010 at 9:00 am 13 comments

    On September 16, the St. Pete City Council is going to vote on a resolution to build a high-speed train between Orlando and St. Pete. “Connecting St. Petersburg with the 25 million annual visitors to Disney is a game changing event for our economy and for the future of baseball […]

     
  • Why The Rays Record Has Little To Do With Attendance

    Why The Rays Record Has Little To Do With Attendance

    September 1, 2010 at 10:30 am 22 comments

    Everywhere you turned yesterday, people were dumping on the Tampa Bay area for the lack of attendance at The Trop on Monday night. One example is Dari Nowkhah, a sportscaster for ESPN, who said the following (via Twitter)… 11,000 at last night’s #Rays game. 31 games over .500. Pathetic. Why […]

     
  • Should MLB Revisit The Trop’s Ground Rules Before Playoffs? [UPDATE]

    Should MLB Revisit The Trop’s Ground Rules Before Playoffs? [UPDATE]

    August 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm 15 comments

    [Update] Joe Maddon was asked about the possibility of changing the ground rules before the playoffs (via The Heater)… “I honestly believe that if we were to get to the playoffs you might see some real strong consideration or more thought given to changing something now,” Maddon said. “I think […]

     
  • Your Beer At The Trop May Be Served In A Cup Used The Night Before [UPDATE]

    Your Beer At The Trop May Be Served In A Cup Used The Night Before [UPDATE]

    August 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm 27 comments

    [Update] Bob Pascal, an executive with Centerplate was just on with the Big Dog Steve Duemig (620 WDAE). First, he assured that despite the report from ESPN, all of the concession stands at Tropicana Field “meet all inspection standards in the state of Florida.” He also spent a good deal […]

     
  • Double Shuttle Bus Fail

    Double Shuttle Bus Fail

    August 5, 2010 at 9:30 am 7 comments

    One of our tipsters sent in this pic of one of the official shuttle buses that take fans from downtown St. Pete to Tropicana Field (thanks Nick)…