Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig ripped the attendance at Tropicana Field in advance of Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Kansas City. Selig called the paltry Rays' attendance "inexcusable" and did not mince words. He expressed concern and it's clearly an issue that is on his radar. Quotes, via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, after the jump:
"Look, they've run a great operation, they're a very competitive organization, they have very competitive teams," Selig said. "To see that they're No. 29, I think it is, in attendance, it's inexcusable. Nobody can defend that. ...
"So to use my father's old line, nothing is ever good or bad except by comparison. I'll rest my case. It's disappointing. And I'm concerned."
Selig did not otherwise comment on the stadium situation in Tampa. The Rays are currently ranked 29th in the league in attendance.