Editor’s note: The following is cross-posted from Noah Pransky’s award-winning Shadow of the Stadium blog.
It may have taken a $2 kids night, a Joe Maddon Gnome giveaway, and the World Champion Giants visiting, but the Rays have posted four straight strong showings at the gate, including Sunday’s sellout win. (It doesn’t hurt there was some great baseball and the Rays keep on winning)
There are certainly signs if the Rays can keep up their unbelievable play that they could continue to grow their audience into the fall. But a lot of that depends on the buzz around the Buccaneers and Lightning, too.
No matter how you slice it, at least the Rays aren’t getting the kind of press the Marlins are: disappointing news on the ballfield and embarrassing news in the stands.
For those of you keeping score at home – like Maury Brown with the Biz of Baseball – the Marlins are just a touch in front of the 1999 Rays in the hotly-contested race for worst-sophomore season in a new ballpark.