Oct 8, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (58) and teammates react in the dugout during the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox of game four of the American League divisional series at Tropicana Field. Boston Red Sox defeated theTampa Bay Rays 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays lack a necessary component to win it all


Just weeks ago, the Tampa Bay Rays’ season ended in a familiar fashion.

With a loss in a playoff series.

After being eliminated by the American League East champion Boston Red Sox, many around baseball were puzzled at just what was missing from the Rays, a young team seemingly complete with a roster that is both young and dripping with talent.

What’s missing is simple. Enthusiasm.

No one in Florida cares about the Rays. Despite being near the top of the AL East for several seasons now under skipper Joe Maddon, attendance is still low and the franchise continues to seek avenues to escape Tampa and find a new home in Florida.

Oddly enough, they’re still not moving.

People don’t go to Florida to go watch baseball. They go to Florida for the hotels, the theme parks and the beaches. Baseball is something that’s always on the television and can be seen in most parts of the country. To too many Floridians, it’s just not worth the multi-hour trek on the state’s horribly congested highways to go see a game.

What’s most saddening about all this is that the Rays really are a quality organization. But until fans take note and begin to care, and until ownership decides more money will be dedicated to preventing the Rays from being a feeder pool for big market teams, this team will never win a World Series.

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  • Guest

    First of all when you say “leave Tampa” you do realize they don’t play in Tampa right? They aren’t trying to leave Tampa, they’re trying to MOVE TO TAMPA, where the bulk of the fan base is. and when you say no one here cares you couldn’t be more wrong, attendance sucks because our stadium is so far out of the, and it’s an outdated piece of trash. Look at our TV ratings, we have fans, they’d just rather stay home. If you’ve ever been to the Tampa Bay area you’d know just how big they are down here. Joke of an article.

  • Brooks Dawkins

    First of all when you say “leave Tampa” you do realize they don’t play
    in Tampa right? They aren’t trying to leave Tampa, they’re trying to
    MOVE TO TAMPA, where the bulk of the fan base is. and when you say no
    one here cares you couldn’t be more wrong, attendance sucks because our
    stadium is so far out of the way, and it’s an outdated piece of trash. Look
    at our TV ratings, we have fans, they’d just rather stay home. If you’ve
    ever been to the Tampa Bay area you’d know just how big they are down
    here. Joke of an article.

  • Chad

    Jacob R Misener is clueless and is obviously horrible at his job… Learn how to be a real writer or don’t write it all because your articles are a waste of space