As bad as the Rays attendance has been principal owner Stuart Sternberg didn't expect it to be worst among the 30 major-league teams and said it will have an impact on next season's budget.
"I'm a little shocked I'm a little surprised" Sternberg said in response to questions before Tuesday's game. "My goals sometimes are pretty reasonable. I wanted to be league average after '08 and I felt (this year) we would be 28th maybe with a shot at 27th."
Sternberg did however say he would expect them to sell out a potential Oct. 2 wild-card game and he was "pretty certain" any subsequent playoff games at Tropicana Field also would sell out.
He also took issue with the current Major League Baseball unbalanced scheduling format calling it an "abomination" to have teams playing vastly different schedules competing for the same wild-card playoff spots.
The Rays drew 1510300 for their 81 home games their lowest total since 2007 (...