The Rays are a few victories away from clinching the division and guaranteeing homefield advantage throughout the AL playoffs, but apparently their fans could give a fuck less:
"When 12,446 fans showed up Monday night to see if the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays could clinch their second playoff berth in three years, Evan Longoria decided he'd seen enough empty seats -- and said something about it.
Longoria, who did not play in the Rays' 4-0 loss to Baltimore, spoke at length about the team's chronically low attendance, calling it "disheartening" and "embarrassing."
"We've been playing great baseball all year. Since I've been here in , the fans have wanted a good baseball team. They've wanted to watch a contender," Longoria told reporters. "And for us to play good baseball for three years now, and for us to be in a spot to clinch again and go to the playoffs, we're all confused as to why it's only 15,000 to 20,000 in the building."
His teammate, pitcher David Price, had the same feeling. A post to his Twitter page after the game read: "Had a chance to clinch a post season spot tonight with about 10,000 fans in the stands....embarrassing."
Instead of getting into the discussion of how stupid it is to start CC tonight and make myself more frustrated about the Yankees' current situation, I'm just going to sit back, relax, and enjoy this story. Division title or no division title, we as fans and the Yankees as players can all take solace in the fact that the Yanks will have a decided homefield advantage both at home and in Tampa, where there probably won't be more Rays fans than Yankees fans at the games. Now that we know the Rays' fans don't care about their team, we can breathe a little easier about having to go there and face them in their own place for 4 games if it comes to that.
Not to mention the fact that with all the added revenue coming from the Yankee fans flooding The Trop, the Rays will have a little extra money in their pockets. To show their appreciation, the least they can do is just lay down and die peacefully in the ALCS and let the team, and the fanbase, that deserves to see another World Series move on.
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