Nelly Among Acts Tapped by Tampa Bay to Boost Baseball Attendance


You can spin this story two ways: Either baseball's the Tampa Bay Rays are a bit savvier than the average MLB team -- or else they need all the help they can get to put butts in

seats. I'm going with the latter, based on MLB's official 2009 attendance stats: The Florida team ranked 23 out of 30 teams, with an average attendance of 23,147. (St. Louis, in contrast, ranked fourth in attendance, with an average of 41,274.)

Anyway, earlier today the Rays announced the first five acts of its Summer 2010 concert series: John Fogerty, ZZ Top, Hall & Oates, the Go-Go's and 2009 All-Star Game celebrity softball game co-MVP Nelly. These shows are free with a ticket to that night's game. The Cardinals' 2010 promotions are mostly your usual bobblehead/pennant fare at the moment -- but, you know, that Cardinals Snuggie given away on April 30 looks quite cozy at the moment. And every Friday night, the team has bands and past players signing autographs before the game.