A couple of days ago, Stuart Sternberg went on WFUV in New York, a radio station associated with one of my alma maters, Fordham University in the Boogie Down. And as usual, Sternberg was open, honest and candid with issues that don’t involve the day-to-day operation of the team on the field.
Here are a couple of his more telling comments…
On whether he wants to leave the AL East (and thus forgo a large number of the home gates against the Yankees and Red Sox):
Uh, sure (laughter)…from our vantage point right now, any change is positive for us. Playing these guys, those two teams, let alone the Blue Jays, who consistently put together one of the better teams in baseball…just playing the Yankees and Red Sox 36-38 times out of your schedule alone sets you back quite a bit both in your record, and also for instance in July, before the All-Star break and after, we played 11 straight games against those two teams…and they wear you out…your pitchers have trouble getting back on queue after that. Your bullpen gets worn out. As far as that is concerned. Competitively playing them less would be helpful. Being in a different division. Not having to beat both of them would be helpful.
On needing a new ballpark:
On the one hand, we are proud of a lot of everything we have done to make the place much, much more hospitable to watch a ballgame. Anybody that has come down there for the first time…are quite surprised and pleased by everything it has to offer. But by the same token, you’ve got catwalks to deal with and lights get hit…We’d like to explore other areas within the region to see if potentially we can move and create a revenue source, and most importantly the region can embrace and latch on to.