The Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays are the two lowest-ranked teams in baseball in home attendance, so you can probably imagine the type of crowd that turned out when they faced each other on Tuesday night. Somehow, it still seemed worse than expected.
The Marlins have averaged just 9,515 fans at home games this year, which is even significantly less than Tampa’s average of 14,540. On Tuesday night, the reported attendance at Marlins park was 6,306. This photo from Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times indicates about 6,000 of them weren’t in their seats: