Photo of a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Image Credit: Amy Meridith (CC BY-ND 2.0)

After spending millions of dollars this past off season to acquire Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox fans should be disgusted with their team's performance. And they are. Although the team won 90 games this season which would make them a lock for the MLB playoffs in any other division; they posted a losing record during their final 20 games.

The Boston Red Sox practically handed the Tampa Bay Rays the WildCard crown as the Rays scratched and clawed their way to the top of the standings. Anyone that pays attention to the trends of ticket prices on various websites like Stubhub and Ticketmaster noticed the decline in price for Boston Red Sox tickets during September. Rare. Very rare. This time of year is usually when the Boston Red Sox begin relieving their starters to get them rested for the playoffs. When the MLB playoffs roll around, the demand for tickets skyrocket. The average ticket price this month for a Boston Red Sox home game was around $60; a league-high. That's cheap for a team that holds many Major League attendance records. 

One team that has never set any Major League attendance records is the Tampa Bay Rays. You may recall last season that only 14K fans that showed up to watch the Rays clinch a playoff birth. When it became apparent a week or two ago that the Rays would challenge the Red Sox for the WildCard crown, ticket sales skyrocketed in Tampa. You gotta love the fair weather fans. The Rays are slotted for a rematch of last season's ALDS against the Texas Rangers. Could this be a repeat of 2008?


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