If you've ever been to a Rays game you can't really blame the fans for not showing up. I won't say it's a shame because I'm not a fan of public financing and the whole Florida baseball thing in general seems flawed (for a variety of reasons), but they have just never been able to have a good product, even when they had good teams. And now it's probably worse than ever because there's no indication they'll be around in the future (even if it's 50-50).
What's dispiriting is they seem to have a limitless amount of front office talent, now moved on to LA and Boston, and we didn't get any of it. Instead we got to have Chuck Lamar!
I think the big difference between the Rays and the Phillies, and the Astros and the Phillies (whatever you may think of the Astros now), is that their ownership group had a true facility with business, and also analytics (from finance and logistics not sports). Ours is just wealthy.