Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Devil Rays, Tampa, and Mike & Mike

This morning, on Mike and Mike in the Morning, Mike Greenberg was upset with the attendance at last night's Devil Ray's game. It seems attendance was 32,079 in a stadium that holds 44,000+.

At first, I thought What are they talking about? 32,000 fans is a good turnout for a baseball game.

Then I did some research. Did you know that the greater Tampa bay area is home to more than 4 million people? It is the 19th largest metro area in the US. I knew that area was growing, but I didn't have any feel for the numbers.

So, now I see their point. You'd think that the stadium would be packed for a game against division rival Boston Red Sox in mid-September, but it clearly wasn't.

Oh, by the way, the Devil Rays won, 2-1, to take a one-game lead over the Red Sox.

Any predictions on who is going to win the World Series this year, Ralph? Will it be a cross-town battle in Chicago, or will the Cubs fold?

Looks like the Phils are on the comeback this year, too. They rallied last year just to lose in the first round of the playoffs.



Ralph said...

I don't know, I'd have to go with the Red Sox, Angels, or Cubs, as I think they're all built to win in the post season. Of course, the Dodgers have Torre and Manny...
I'll say Angels over the Dodgers in a freeway series.

BTW, the Tampa stadium is a dome, I believe, and reportedly one of the worst stadiums in the game. I've driven by it a few times, and it sure is ugly. There is no quesiton I pleasant atmosphere helps draw the fans in.

The Marlins don't draw well either. Of course, they also play in a crappy park. Then again, maybe Floridians get enough baseball with all the spring training stuff down there.

stan langerhaus said...

Seems to me that the fine citizens of the greater tampa/st pete metro area have their priorities in place properly. in fact a ballot initiative for the building of a new open air stadium was defeated.

One thing I will tell you though is that tampa sports some of the finest gentlemen's clubs in the continental USofA. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.