More thoughts on the experience after the jump
- 33,945 on a Monday night -- that's how you do it. Of course, it was helped by a parade of little leaguers at the game today that lasted at least 20 minutes prior to the game.
- Roof was open most of the night despite it being a rather cool 64 degrees. This is a great park, not Minute Maid Field territory, but pretty sweet. Concessions are plentiful, and large beers are only $7. Sure, it's Miller High Life, but that's still $2 cheaper than Budweiser at Tropicana.
- Niemann finally saw run support tonight after only getting ten runs of support in his previous seven starts
- BJ is seven for his last seven on the basepaths and is now 19 for 23 (83%) on the season.
- Coming into today, the Rays' pitching staff had the lowest batting average against in the American League at .234.
- Rays pitchers still do not have a hit in Interleague play but Niemann striking out with the bases loaded was still a more desirable outcome than putting anything into play on the infield which would have been a sure double play.
- If you want the Rays to win, hope that they score first. The club is now 30-8 when they score first.
- Saw at least 100 Rays fans tonight in different parts of the park including former team intern Kevin Orris who sat with me tonight. He doesn't get paid to watch the team play any longer (he's a Braves fan) and yet still drives an hour from his place in Illinois to come watch the game. Props....
- Maddon tinkered with the rotation as Shields will open up the series at Houston followed by Davis and Niemann gets to pitch in front of the hometown fans on Sunday. This is being done to set something else up and has nothing to do with Davis's "quality" start the other night.