It seems that our opinion on the Rays stadium is often just the opposite of whichever side spoke last. That is, we generally dislike anything St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster or Rays owner Stuart Sternberg says on the subject. But the St. Pete Times seems pretty clear on which side they despise more.
In an editorial that ran in Sunday’s paper, the Times calls Mayor Foster “The Minor League Mayor”…
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster’s minor league approach to securing Tampa Bay’s future in Major League Baseball diminishes the community and the elected office he holds. What’s missing is the ambition, sophistication and creativity necessary to negotiate with the Tampa Bay Rays and build public support for a modern baseball stadium…The mayor has generally treated the Rays as a courtroom adversary rather than a significant business that contributes to the civic and economic life of the entire region.…If politics were baseball, by now the mayor would have been sent down to the Durham Bulls.
The editorial calls on “others to step up,” listing the St. Petersburg City Council, the business community, and the Rays.
Hey, we hate how nonchalant the Rays have been. And we hate that Mayor Foster has indeed treated this as an adversarial relationship from the beginning. So in our eyes, there is plenty of blame to go around. But we are not ready to lay all the blame at the feet of Mayor Foster.
Howver, it sure seems like the St. Pete Times already has Mayor Foster knee-deep in a pile of blame-covered sh*t.