The boys of summer are back. Rays fans are all smiles to see Longo and the crew on the field once again on opening day.
"It is energetic. It's thrilling, it's a full house," said Shirley Byrd, a Rays fan.
A very full house: Tuesday's home opener was a sell-out with more than 34,000 people in the seats. It's the eighth year in a row the Rays have sold out opening day at the Trop. Lonnie Siegel and his son are enjoying it for the very first time.
"It is really been a lot of fun to be here. It's a big crowd," Siegel said.
"It's a lot of fun, a lot different than every other game," Siegel said.
Clearly the team has the home opener down pat, but what about later in the season? Last year, the Rays were last in the league in attendance, averaging just over 19,000 fans. So just how long exactly until these fans get to another game?
"Probably in a month," one said.
"I'll be back in a couple weeks," another said.
"If they can make the ball game exciting with some offense, it can be different," said George Dunn, a huge fan.
In terms of attendance, the Rays only have one way they can go, that's up. But the question is, will they, or will another year pass with an exciting team plagued by poor attendance?
"It's baseball. How can you not watch baseball, it's awesome," said Patricia Potts, a season ticket holder.
And it's even more awesome when there are fans in the stands.
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