It seems that athletes can no longer speak the truth without a ton of people getting their panties in a bunch, which makes every one that does a refreshing dose.
And right now none are more refreshing than David Price, who called out the pathetic fanbase of the Tampa Bay Rays for their lack of attendance on Monday night, when the Rays had a chance to clinch a playoff spot.
Price expressed his dismay on Twitter — which I’ve never been a fan of until now — writing (I refuse to say tweeting, except for this example explaining that I refuse to say it) “Had a chance to clinch a post season spot tonight with about 10,000 fans in the stands….embarrassing.”
Thank you, sir. Even though the real number of paid fans was actually 12,446, everything about what Price said is true. And I am going to take it a step further. Rays fans are by far the worst in baseball, and Tampa/St. Pete have no business hosting a big league team. Portland, Montreal, wherever — just about every metropolitan area in North America is more deserving than this. Shit, Pirates and Royals fans would probably kill a dozen hobos for a chance to look at a roster like this.
Despite having the best record in the American League most of the season, Tampa Bay is being outdrawn by teams like the Brewers (a mediocre team in one of the smallest markets in the majors) and the Mariners (the worst team in the AL). And I don’t want to hear the lame excuses about Tropicana Field being a terrible venue. Sure, it lacks any character whatsoever. But parking is free, they serve booze and the team is great. On the whole, I enjoyed seeing games there. No damn reason to be drawing so little — other than Tampa not deserving a team.
When I went to Tampa two years ago, I was struck by the fact there was more Yankees apparel in the airport than Rays stuff. That may have changed since then, but the sentiment surely hasn’t. Tampa will always be Yankees South. If the Rays can’t cut into the market now, they surely never will. This team needs to be moved to a place where actual appreciative fans will embrace it. You had your chance, Tampa and St. Pete, and you’ve blown it in glorious fashion. You are more than an embarrassment: a total disgrace to baseball.