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Rays' Fast Start In Standings Not Drawing Fans To Ballpark

Rays Still Struggling To Draw Crowds
Despite Being Atop AL East Standings
The Rays, despite leading the AL East and owning the best winning percentage in the team’s 11-year history, rank 13th out of 14 AL teams in attendance and 27th in MLB, according to Aaron Sharockman of the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. The Rays for Monday’s game against the Yankees drew 13,932 fans at Tropicana Field, the smallest crowd in MLB that day; last night's Yankees-Rays game drew just 16,558. Sharockman notes, "People always believed that if the Rays won, fans would flock to Tropicana Field." Rays President Matt Silverman: “We’re certainly not happy about being at the bottom of the league in attendance. Everyone in the organization wants to see packed stands. And the players will tell you it makes a difference on the field.” More Silverman: “We’re just focusing on what we can control: making the Trop a great environment for the team and making it a great place for fans to watch the game” (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 5/14).

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