Tickets available for Monday's showdown

Tickets available for Monday's showdown

TORONTO -- Rays manager Joe Maddon paused and took a second to think.

After a brief second of reflection, he responded, "In a baseball sense, that would almost be unbelievable."

Maddon was responding to the idea that Monday's series opener against the Yankees would likely not be sold out.

With ample tickets available for Monday's showdown between American League Cy Young Award candidates David Price and CC Sabathia -- not to mention first place in the AL East at stake -- Maddon was in disbelief.

"If you were truly a baseball person, and I believe there are enough of those around the Tampa Bay area, that if you had this opportunity to go and see it in person, to not -- and again, we're pretty reasonable in regard to our pricing, parking and everything else -- that would be very disappointing actually."

Well aware of the reasons preventing individuals from attending a game, Maddon said simply, "It's about supporting your group, [and] how much that matters."