While I was at work today, I saw the following Tweet:
I had to read it twice just to be sure I understood it. Someone is telling Hillsborough they can talk to the Rays about stadium plans??? Clearly, that someone is not from the city of St. Pete. Of course I had to read the full story from the Times. Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan requested a legal opinion about the issue and a lawyer gave this information:
Hillsborough County officials can talk to the Tampa Bay Rays about the team’s future stadium plans, so long as they don’t get too specific, a lawyer for the county said Tuesday.
Now, just because Hillsborough is allowed to speak to the Rays doesn’t mean it will happen.
“We’re going to respectfully decline to comment,” Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn said.
And you better believe St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster isn’t happy about the news.
“This is more outside interference in something that is between the Rays and St. Petersburg and Pinellas County,” Foster said.
It’s no fun to feel like someone is stepping on your toes, but I hope that someday, Foster will decide that the Rays are a regional asset and loosen the city’s chokehold on the team.
While I was sleeping last night, the Rays lost to the A’s 4-3. The trip to the West Coast continues tonight with a 10:05pm game against Oakland. James Shields will be on the bump for Tampa Bay and Tommy Milone will get the ball for the A’s.