St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster said he fully expects the Rays to honor their contract and remain playing in downtown St. Petersburg until 2027. “Like it or not, we are married and joined at the hip until 2027.”
Foster is not suggesting the Rays play in the Trop until 2027. Rather, his point is that the site of Tropicana Field is not the problem, just the stadium itself. Of course, when the Rays proposed a downtown stadium two years ago, somebody had a problem with the location.
Foster also suggested that the current use-agreement contract between the Rays and the city is not necessarily set in stone, noting it could be amended “if the price is right.” But Foster made it clear, that would only happen if the Rays move to a new stadium in St. Pete.
We understand Foster taking a defensive stance. But we are not sure this rhetoric is helping the situation. Foster sounds like the kid that takes his ball home because he doesn’t like how everybody else is playing.
The brakes on this train may have just gone out. And it doesn’t look like it is going to stop before the whole thing goes to court.