Just after former Rays' star and franchise player, Evan Longoria said that the organization will be better if they move away from Tampa due to the low attendances to the Tropicana Field, the lack of support from the fans and not having a winning mentality, team's manager Kevin Cash fired back to the former Tampa player.
Cash said to MLB Network Radio that he strongly disagrees with what Longoria said about the franchise, but he understands the difficult situation where the Rays are now:
He's certainly entitled to say what he wants to say ... Our players respond to having big crowds. I think that's fair to say throughout the game. When people show up at the Trop for us, it energizes us and it helps us win games.
Looking back to what Longoria said to Tampa Bay Times' Marc Tompkin, there were some really hard words for his long-time team:
It pains me to say that, but players want to play in a place where you have consistent support. It's a selfish thing to say probably as a player, but, I don't know, does anyone really want to play in front of 10,000 a night? I don't know. I'm glad I won't have to hear the backlash again this time.