This just puzzles me. Forget that the D-Rays have had a losing history in their young franchise history so far. Forget that they are in a usually tough division where they have to compete with the Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, & Blue Jays. This team is suppost to be an exciting team to watch this season & I believe they will be all season long. I know they have been hit by some injuries early on, but they still have guys like Crawford, Gathright, & Gomes in the line up. These are exciting players to watch. Don't forget, they will most likely be calling up Delmon Young very soon, which SHOULD be another reason to come to the Trop.
My point? The D-Rays attendence was 10,707 last night(April 12th) vs. the Orioles. Is it me or am I the only one that thinks going to a Devil Rays home game is cool? If I lived in the Tampa, St.Pete, Clearwater area, I believe I would attend every single Devil Ray home game I could. I have been to Turner Field in Atlanta, Dodger Stadium in LA, & no disrepect to those places but I enjoy going to D-Ray home games more, especially in the summer time when it's 100 thousand degrees outside. I know the D-Rays are not considered to be among baseball's glamour teams, but it is still major league baseball. I know they may not have the prettiest field, but I think the indoor stadium has a very nice enviroment to it. Parking is cheap & very convenient. Consessions are about the same as other ball parks, although you can get a footlong hotdog there for 4 bucks. Not bad compared to other ballparks, where you pay that much just for a normal sized one. You don't break a sweat or get a sunburn watching a game at the Trop. I have been there a handful of times & there really isn't a bad seat in the stadium. I've expiremented with that & have been pleased pretty much everytime & the seats relatively speaking, are cheap & confortable. I just don't get it!
Why the D-Rays don't draw better is beyond me, even if the product they put on the field isn't that great. I watched part of their game last night & it appeared as if you could roll a bowling ball down each aisle & no one would notice or be affected. To me, it is just sad. People, this is a great place to watch a game. Very underated! It may not be rich with history or tradition like Yankee Stadium or Wriggley Field, or Dodger Stadium, or Fenway Park, but just from a sheer convenient & comfort standpoint, I could probably almost guarantee you that it is the best. I know I haven't been to every major league ball park, but I can tell you that if given the choice to freeze or burn slap ass up, or be in total comfort, considering how much the average person normally pays for a MLB game, I'll take convenience & comfort, which the Trop definately is!
People in Tampa - St.Pete! GET OFF YOUR ASSES & GET TO THE TROP & SUPPORT YOUR DEVIL RAYS! THEY WILL BE GONE SOON IF YOU DON'T!