The Tampa Bay Rays' attendance for a MLB Wildcard game. Oct 3, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; A general view inside Tropicana Field during game one of the Wildcard series for the 2023 MLB playoffs between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays suffered a brutal 4-0 home Wild Card loss to the Texas Rangers Tuesday, with the four errors they committed there playing a major role in that defeat. But they also drew a remarkably-low attendance for that game, something not seen in the MLB Postseason since 1919:

And as Jacob Pomrenke noted, even that 1919 number comes with some context:

So this is not so great for the Rays, adding to the issues from their loss here. And many chimed on that, including those looking to bring MLB teams to other cities (or keep looking-to-move MLB teams there):

There’s obviously significant context to consider here. This game started at 3 p.m. local on a Tuesday, which is part of MLB’s overall Postseason scheduling and not fully under the team’s control. And it was just the first game of a three-game series.

And there are lots of discussions about the Rays’ current stadium and their new proposed $1.3 billion stadium. And those are all a factor here as well. And beyond the rough game start time, conditions at Tropicana Field have long been a conversation around this team. So there are quite a few other things that can be worked into overall consideration here. But it’s still notable to see the Rays post this incredibly-low attendance number.

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