The latest figures are the final straw for me on this matter. I have defended the need for Major League Baseball in the state of Florida for quite some time, but the latest figures on average attendance throughout the whole league puts both Florida teams in the bottom 5. That is a disgrace. The Tampa Bay Ray’s with a pitiful 21,823 (26th out of 30) whilst they are leading the chase for a division title and the Florida Marlins at 16,336 (30th out of 30) while they try to fight for a playoff spot (5-1/2 games out of the wild card and division). No amount of excuses can justify the facts:
- The San Fransisco Giants who, with their awful off season maneuvers, still managed to average 35,391 fans to watch their sub standard (besides Tim Lincecum) product.
- The Seattle Mariners who are at this point 36 games out of first place, pulled in an average of 29,442 lovers of baseball.
- The University of Southern Florida Bulls who play at Raymond James Stadium had an average home attendance of 53,170 in 6 games. (This figure is here to illustrate that their are sports fans in Tampa, they just hate baseball) 33,639 turned out to watch them play ELON!!!!!
- If you combine the total average attendance of the 2 Florida teams you wouldn’t even crack the top 8. The same can’t be said for any other pair of teams.
- This list can go on, but I think you get the point.