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Sternberg talks attendance, Kazmir

Posted Sep 2, 2009 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Sep 2, 2009 at 06:07 PM

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg addressed the media this afternoon, touching on the hot topics of the moment—primarily attendance and the team dealing away Scott Kazmir last week.

Sternberg didn’t seem too interested in latching onto last night’s seemingly iconic 17,692 attendance figure for the Red Sox series opener, and this is about as far as he would go in response to the low number:

“It’s unexpected. I’m not a person to give explanations. I’m very proud of the job we’ve done this year, last year, since I’ve come in here. I give an A-plus to the entire organization. We’re throwing everything we can at it. I love the game of baseball and I can only believe that others love the game as well, enough to take the time and come out and see us whether we’re playing the Red Sox or the Royals or the Angels or whoever it happens to be.”

On the Kazmir front, Sternberg fielded several questions about the trade and the perception among some that is signaled the Rays were giving up on this season—a perception he doesn’t share.

“I would like to think people know me and know us better that we’re not rolling up any carpets and that we have at least enough of a track record that we have a sense of what we’re doing,” he said. “I think any real fan who looked at it could clearly see that it’s not a salary dump. As a casual fan you want more, more, more – ‘Why didn’t you get this guy? Why didn’t you sign this guy?’ We live within our means. It’s a reallocation of resources.”

But does he understand why some fans might be upset?

“If I were a casual fan or a real fan of the team, I’d feel the same thing,” he said. “People love Scott. He was a great Ray here, he did a lot of tremendous things. This is what we do. This is who we are and this is what we do. People better get used to it, because it’s going to continue.”

Reader Comments

Por (thefairball) on September 02, 2009 (Suggest removal)

“I think any real owner who looked at it could clearly see that Scott was pitching better of late and could of helped the team return to the playoffs.”

The Rays did get a attendance increase of 5k per game from 17k per game 2007 to 22k per game 2008. The attendance is up 2k this year to 24k per game.  For better or worse you just traded Scott Kazmir who can help u make a push this year and made it seems like the fans fault. That maybe a good long term move with who you got in return but in the short term it does not give the fans much hope.

Dont blame the lack of attendance on the fans, you are doing well attendance wise for a 3rd place team.


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