Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Longo Takes to Twitter to Talk Attendance

The last time Evan Longoria talked about the Rays' attendance on Twitter, he said he was "embarrassed" by a crowd of 12,446.  Yesterday, he took to the topic again.

At 10:55 a.m., Longo tweeted, "Only a few home games left and the race isn't over! Come support us! #Rays #162strong" with the last hashtag a nod to the Rays' late-season marketing push. 

He then re-tweeted a Dick Vitale criticism about the empty stands Monday night: "Sad - PATHETIC - this is a major league game - with the Rays still alive 4 a wildcard - barely, DESERVE BETTER ."
Longo, perhaps to avoid criticisms like in 2010, then tweeted at 12:28 p.m., "And for the record I appreciate and love every fan that is in the stadium and supporting us."

It's a tight rope to walk for the athletes caught in the middle of the Stadium Saga - while anyone would rather play in front of full stands, anything perceived as a possible criticism of the fan base risks alienating supporters.

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