Tommy Pham: ‘Truth hurts’ about Rays’ fan support, hopeful attendance improves

first_img“No, not at all,” the outfielder said Saturday at the team’s FanFest, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “Granted, you know the truth hurts. But like I said (earlier in my media session), I am appreciative of the fans we do have.”FOSTER: 19 reasons why baseball will be great in 2019Tampa Bay was next to last in the majors last season with 14,259 tickets sold per game (according to Baseball-reference.com) and is perennially near the bottom in attendance. The Marlins, who reported turnstile counts rather than ticket sales, were last. Tommy Pham believes his remarks in December about the Rays lacking a fan base and possibly needing to move were “sensationalized” by the media, but he’s standing by what he said.He isn’t concerned about how the fans who do come to Tropicana Field react to that assessment, either. The Rays responded by reducing seating capacity at the Trop to approximately 26,000, the smallest in MLB. Single-game tickets will be as low as $15 or $20, depending on the opponent and/or the day of the week. Fans can also get in for $7.11 on Fridays as part of an ongoing promotion with 7-Eleven.Pham is hopeful that a strong season will bring more people out to the park. The Rays got hot after he joined the club July 31 in a trade with the Cardinals and reached 90 wins, but they were never a serious threat for an American League wild-card berth, finishing seven games behind the A’s.”When you’re a team of our caliber it would be nice — because I do envision us winning — to have more fan support at our games,” Pham said, per the Times.last_img read more

Raptors and Rockets to play 2 preseason games in Japan

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Dwyane Wade passes Michael Jordan for most blocked shots by a guard Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyingcenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japanese internet company Rakuten President and CEO Hiroshi Mikitani, left, speaks via video call with Adam Silver, right on the screen, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to announce NBA Japan Games 2019 during a press conference Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Tokyo. Mikitani announced that the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets will play on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10 at the Saitama Super Arena this year.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets will play two pre-season games in October at the Saitama Super Arena, the basketball venue for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.In a statement Tuesday, the NBA said it has staged 12 regular-season games in Japan, beginning in 1990 when the Utah Jazz played the Phoenix Suns. The NBA says this was the first regular-season game played outside North America by a U.S. sports league.ADVERTISEMENT The Rockets played two regular-season games in Japan in 1992. The Raptors will be making their first visit to Japan.Houston is led by James Harden and Chris Paul. Toronto is led by Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and Marc Gasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Saitama Super Arena is located northwest of central Tokyo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more