Rays games at Tropicana Field don’t tend to draw the largest crowds.
But Monday afternoon was different.
Tampa Bay drew 32,251 fans to Tropicana for Game 3 of its American League divisional series against the Houston Astros, per The Athletic’s Josh Tolentino. That’s the largest crowd to attend a game there since June 17, 2016.
(Oh, and the Rays managed to push a Game 4 and stay alive in the best-of-five series after entering Monday’s game down 2-0.)
By the way, Tropicana Field holds 42,735. So yeah, even Monday’s numbers are pretty weak.
First pitch for Game 4 of the ALDS, which also takes place in St. Petersberg, on Tuesday is slated for 4:15 p.m. ET.