Stuart Sternberg made the trip to Camden Yards last night where he partook in some Boog’s BBQ (for a few minutes we thought he said “booze” which left us puzzled). He also held court with the media and spoke about this “wonderfully improbable” season, and some other off-the-field topics.
But among the numerous quotes, there was one that caught our attention (more highlights below; via Marc Topkin)…
On Andrew Friedman’s future:
“Andrew is a partner here, he’s a partner of mine. And he treats this organization even better than I possibly can. There’s nothing to report on [possibility he will become a GM with Cubs or Astros]… We’ve been at it now, it’ll be six years, and it doesn’t feel like six years, and I would think we would keep the band together another six years.”
The attendance and payrolls quotes below are really nothing new. But maybe the most telling quote was Sternberg calling Friedman a “partner.”
Does World B. Friedman have equity in the team? He is not listed among the Rays twenty partners. If not, is Sternberg suggesting that Friedman will have equity in the team in the future?
Sternberg is a very honest owner. And sometimes it appears as though he is just saying whatever comes to mind. But make no mistake. He chooses his words very carefully when it comes to important topics. It was not an accident that Sternberg used the word “partner.”
The Rays are known for being creative when it comes to battling the deep pockets of other organizations. If Friedman is rewarded with a stake in this franchise as an incentive to stick around, that would certainly be creative.
On Joe Maddon’s future:
“I have no reason to think he wouldn’t be here [after his contract expires next season]”
“It’s always difficult, and it’s been like that for a long time. When the other team does something good there’s a ton of cheers and you do something good it doesn’t really outweigh it.”
On the 2012 payroll:
“I don’t know, but we’ve clearly fallen short on our financial projections..I could not have projected our attendance would be down what it was…Nothing positive happened financially this year. We were last (in attendance going into the weekend). I hadn’t even realized that. I didn’t forecast last.”