OF Tommy Pham says Rays have no fanbase

Tommy Pham
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Tommy Pham has a bone to pick with Rays fans.

The Tampa Bay outfielder appeared on MLB Network Radio on Sirius Thursday, where he lamented on how the team doesn’t have support from its’ fans.

“Do I think something has to happen, whether it be a new ballpark, maybe a new city? I think so,” Pham said while practicing in the Dominican Republic. “Because if you have a team that’s going to be winning 90-plus games, competing in [the American League East], and you don’t have any fan support, that’s a huge problem.”

Pham spent the first 12 years of his career with the Cardinals, but didn’t make his MLB debut until 2014. He was traded to the Rays in July.

Even though Pham had a career-high batting average of .343, he said he hasn’t enjoyed his time with the organization.

“It sucks going from playing in front of a great fan base to a team with really no fan base at all,” Pham said. “St. Louis, they’re one of the few teams to where day in and day out they have 40,000 fans at every game.

“That’s something that I miss, because even here in the Dominican they have a strong fan base for the team I’m playing for. Their fans are very supportive, they’re loud. And the Rays? They just don’t have that.”

The Rays currently have a contract to stay at Tropicana Field until 2027. Afterward, they plan to move to a new stadium in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa worth $900 million.