Certainly the primary reason for signing Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon is their impact on the baseball field. But the secondary reason is what they can do for the Rays off the field. In addition to converting some Red Sox (and possibly some Yankees) fans, the signings make the Rays relevent.

Take a look at this chart below. It is the frequency of the “Rays” tag on Twitter over the last month. The large peak on the right side of the chart is Friday, when it became known that the Rays are going to sign Manny and Damon.

Now compare that to the smaller spike in middle (Jan. 7). That is the day the Matt Garza trade went public.

The Rays have won two of the last three AL East pennants, but these signings may have made the Rays more relevent than any other point in franchise history.



  1. Sarah says:

    I hate to be the village kvetch, but could you change the "there" to "their" in the first sentence? When this very interesting post gets picked up and tweeted by the rest of the world you'd want that to be corrected, right?

  2. Gus says:

    Cork: You'll also get a spike in traffic when the Rays release Manny after he refuses to get on the bus to Bradenton for a split squad game with the Pirates and punches out Rick Vaughn.

  3. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Damn, that is certainly one hell of a spike. Let's hope that it's a sign that we'll see a lot more butts in the seats.

  4. Don says:

    Damn it Cork...can't you be grammatically correct...Sarah makes $35,000 a year teaching the 3rd grade and shes worried about you on the world wide web!


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