The Tampa Bay Rays took down the seemingly-unbeatable juggernaut known as the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon, extending their playoff lives another day.
The big story after the game wasn’t Charlie Morton shutting down his former club over five strong innings. It also wasn’t the Rays’ bats exploding off of Houston’s massive trade deadline acquisition Zack Grenkie. It was the people in the stands.
The headline from the New York Times about Monday’s game was fairly damning of Tampa Bay’s situation. It read… Rays Top the Astros and, for Once, Fill Their Stadium.
32,251 fans showed up at Tropicana Field to watch the Rays take down the Astros. The team had to increase stadium capacity by rolling up the tarps in the upper levels in order to fulfill an increased demand from fans for Game 3. The Rays plan to remove more tarps to increase stadium capacity to 40,000 if the team manages to advance to the American League Championship Series.
This represented the largest crowd the Rays have seen in over three years. Back in 2016, the Rays decided to add the tarps to the upper levels and shrink stadium capacity in order to create a more intimate …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation