Let’s go with the good news first.
David Price (11-10) pitched beautifully on Wednesday. No, it wasn’t another complete game, but it was eight shutout innings against one of the beasts of the AL East. The southpaw allowed just three hits and walked three en route to his 11th win of the season.
Price spoke to Sun Sports’ Todd Kalas following the game.
When Kalas noted that it seemed the Rays starters were able to feed off each other (James Shields and Jeff Niemann each threw complete games on Tuesday) Price responded:
I watched the two performances in front of me and knew I needed to step up.
Price spoke about the Rays chances to reach the playoffs twice saying:
We’re in this thing. We know we are.
We’re playing good baseball right now. If we continue to do this and everyone can continue to do their part, we’ll be all right.
Price certainly did his part on this most recent road trip. He began it with a win over the Yankees on Friday and ended it with Wednesday’s W over the Red Sox.
Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI in the 4-0 Rays victory. Each of those hits was a double. Zorilla now leads the majors in two-baggers with 40 on the season.
Tampa Bay currently sits eight games back from second-place Boston in the AL East. But playoff hopes, that light at the end of the 162 game tunnel, remain. History isn’t entirely against us. Joe Maddon told MLB.com:
“Crazy stuff happens as long as you stay engaged. And as long as you believe, stuff can happen. Once you disengage, disconnect and don’t believe, at that moment it is over; go home. So you have to remain engaged and believe it.”
Stadium Saga Update: The Devil is in the undisclosed details.
Now for the not so great stuff.
The damn stadium saga. I knew better than to get excited when I read about the St. Petersburg City Council meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
The outcome of the meeting? It’ll make your head spin. St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster said he has a “detailed plan” that will keep the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.
A plan other than staying in the Trop through 2027? Hey, that’s a step in the right direction!
Not so fast my friend.
He wouldn’t say if that plan involved a new stadium. When pressed for more information, Foster wouldn’t give reporters any of the details from this detailed plan. Instead of commenting, he went into a private office.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, several of the city council members aren’t sure what plan Mayor Foster is talking about.
“He’s got something, but he won’t say what,” said Jeff Danner.
“I have no idea,” said Herb Polson, “but I would like to know.”
” I haven’t heard anything about it,” Karl Nurse said. “Maybe the mayor really does have a secret plan.”
Council members Steve Kornell, Wengay Newton and Leslie Curran also said Foster had not discussed any detailed plan with them.
St. Petersburg’s City Council voted to hold a workshop to get more information. Seems…uhh…pretty necessary.
Mayor Foster, a plan revolving around the Rays stadium issues does not involve national security. There’s no need to go all covert ops here and keep people, especially St. Pete’s other elected officials, out of the loop.
All of the secrecy could make one wonder: Does this detailed plan exist?
Michael Sasso of the Tampa Tribune even begins one paragraph of his article regarding the city council meeting with the phrase: “If there is such a plan.”
If. There. Is. Such. A. Plan.
The full sentence reads:
“If there is such a plan, Thursday was the first time Foster or anyone else had mentioned it. St. Petersburg City Clerk Eva Andujar said she knew nothing of it Thursday.”
I’m laughing, but it’s that kind of laugh that could easily turn into a sob. If there is such a plan, please share it Mayor Foster. Many Rays fans around the region are desperate to know how we can get our team out from under the dome.
And if the plan is simply to keep the Rays at Tropicana Field…well…that’s not very “detailed.”