Good for Evan Longoria. The studly 24 year old came out and said what every Rays player has been dying to say for years to their fans - show up.
"Another thing I want to say" (completely unprompted, which I think is the best part)...."we only had like 15,000 fans out there." (most people think it was closer to 10,000)...."In 2008, when we clinched, this place was packed. We played 155 games this season and it's kind of like what else to you have to do to draw fans in this place. It's actually embarrassing for us."
Longoria went on about how opposing teams come into St. Pete and outdraw the home town club. He maintains that it wasn't a jab at the fans or a low blow....which is complete crap.....it is what is is and you should be proud of yourself Longo.
As much as it pains me to say it, the Rays are perhaps the most excited team in baseball. Their amazing talent is being wasted on one of the worst fan bases in sports.....imagine the hysteria in Boston if the circumstances were reversed.....and it's not like they're paying Fenway or Yankee stadium prices for entry.
The Rays are on the verge of winning the AL East and Floridians could careless. They just want to make sure they're on time for the 4:30pm early bird special at the local Dennys.
Even the Tampa Bay Tribune seems to side with the fans on this one.....which completely blows my mind.
The long and short of it? Those fans don't deserve you Longo, come up to Boston where you'll be a king and praised by all sorts of women in tight clothing.
I'm just saying, think about it.