Tampa Bay Rays Giving Away 20,000 Free Tickets

The Tampa Bay Rays are going to great lengths to try to put fans in the seats.

The playoff-bound team is giving away 20,000 free tickets after all-stars Evan Longoria and David Price called it "embarrassing" that fans were not coming out to the ballpark to watch the team play.

"We're hoping that we can generate the kind of enthusiasm in the building that we had throughout September in 2008," Rick Vaughn, the team's vice president of communications told the St. Petersburg Times.

Team president Matt Silverman tells the paper that giving away that many free tickets is a very unusual move for a professional sports team.

"I'm hopeful we have a packed house," Silverman said.

The Rays clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 5-0. This is the team's second-ever playoff berth. They lost the World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.