Don’t take my word for it.
For six months, Tampa Bay fans simply did not come to the ballpark as often as they should have. The Rays were coming off a 2010 season in which they beat the mighty Yankees and Red Sox to win the American League East. This year, they staged a second-half comeback for the ages. And yet their average attendance went down, from 22,759 last year to 18,879.
Some context: This year’s average attendance at Tropicana Field was closer to the 2007 figure — when they were the worst team in baseball — than last year.
The announced attendance at Tuesday’s Game 4 vs. Texas: 28,299, well short of a sellout.