When I am not playing sports writer, I can usually be found wearing a lab coat. And as a scientist, if there is one thing I don’t believe in, it is coincidences.
That leads us to this story by Michael Sasso for TBO.com. According to Sasso, an investor with ties to the people behind the Colorado Rockies stadium deal, has purchased land in the Channelside District of downtown Tampa.
This is the same Channelside area that is the home of the St. Pete Times Forum, and the area that many believe is best-suited as a future home for our very own Tampa Bay Rays.
And how is this related to the Rockies? Follow along as we play six degree of Coors Field separation…
- Michael Baker runs the two companies that purchased the land in Channelside.
- The parent company of those companies is Gold Crown Management.
- A partner with Gold Crown Management is Raymond Baker.
- Raymond Baker is a senior advisor to the Romani Group, a company that develops sports stadiums.
- Raymond Baker is also a chairman for the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District.
- Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District owns Coors Field.
- Raymond Baker is — you guessed it — the father of Michael Baker.
According to Sasso, Baker the Elder, “helped orchestrate public financing for the Rockies’ stadium.” Does this mean there will soon be a baseball stadium going up in Tampa?
Maybe not. Baker the Younger claims the land purchase is only for parking revenue and multifamily housing and there are no plans for a baseball stadium…
*cough*bullshit*cough. What? Oh sorry. Damn cold.