The Tampa Bay Rays won 92 games and reached the playoffs once again despite having one of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball. The fact that the Rays have put forth six straight seasons with a winning record, including five seasons with at least 90 wins, shows just how special the organization truly is. For that reason, it is an embarrassment on the part of the fans that the team recorded the lowest attendance in the big leagues for the second year in a row.
Tampa Bay averaged a dismal 18,646 fans per game in 2013. It is almost a scary thought to wonder where the attendance would have been if the team was not so successful. To add salt to the wound, the Rays only sold out one of their two playoff games.
“Again, with 90-plus [wins], it’s been a pretty good year, regardless of what anyone else might want to think. You’re always going to talk about the different levels of success. And what is ultimate success? Probably winning the World Series,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said, according to TampaBayRays.com.
“Retrospectively, we didn’t get where we wanted to get, but cannot be more proud or pleased with our group.”
To have such an incredibly talented baseball team each and every year despite trading away good players is a true credit to the personnel within the organization. The Rays constantly reload their roster and somehow are still able to stay very competitive in the priciest division in baseball.
The fans must show support for such a tremendous organization, which means raising the attendance in 2014. Also, to the fans who show pride in the Rays: well done on recognizing a great talent.