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Even prior to Stuart Sternberg’s “vaporize” comments following the Rays elimination from the playoffs, he was already beating the relocation drum.

Prior to game three, Jon Paul Morosi asked Stuart Sternberg if the Rays would be playing elsewhere in ten years if there is not a new stadium by then.

“Ten years?”…He thought for a moment…“I would assume so,” he continued, nodding his head. “I would assume so.”

We have always said this situation would get uglier before it gets better. And the Rays are certainly not the first team to threaten relocation (although they might be the first to threaten vaporization, but we digress). And there are teams that have come very close to moving before getting 11th hour deals on a new stadium.

Should we worry? Yes. Should we panic? Not yet.

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  • Johnny Damon hopes to be back with the Rays in 2012. Also Marc Topkin speculates on which options the Rays will pick up. [TampaBay.com]
  • Would you recognize Raymond James Stadium from space? [Business Insider]
  • And here is a look at how much a beer costs at Raymond James as compared to other stadiums. [Business Insider]
  • Speaking of the Bucs. Aren’t you glad the 49ers game came before the Saints game? If they had been reversed, the record would be the same, but we would feel a lot worse. Be sure to check out our brother-from-another-mother for all the details you need. [Joe Bucs Fan]
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  1. CRRaysHead90 says:

    God, I hope Damon is back for 2012.

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    • Sarah says:

      Only if they can increase power at some other position. A team can only afford a singles-hitting DH who hits .260 if they can get 30 home runs from 1st base or from an outfielder.

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  2. Mike says:

    I appreciate you taking the time to make a graph on beer prices. However, unless you adjust for size its not all that helpful. Are these all 16 oz beers? Unfortunately "small" can mean different things at different venues.

    Also, while on this topic, I know that many Rays fans are hoping that the move back to the 24 oz cans for the playoffs continues next season. Perhaps you can lead the push to do away with the 16 oz cans that were instituted for the regular season this year.

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      Sure, cost-per-ounce is important. but it doesn't matter to the person at the game buying the beer. It is not like a fan at a Giants game will see the price and say "I am not going to buy this, I am going to go to Cleveland." And it is not like they can choose to just buy a specific number of ounces. It was simply an exercise in absolute cost to the consumer. The point was not "worst deal." The point is "most expensive."

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      • Mike says:

        Disagree. Quantity is important in determining cost to the consumer, and necessary to determine "most expensive." The consumer is always going to choose how many ounces of beer he or she is going to buy. For instance, at a Rays game pre-2011 and 2011 playoffs the beer man sold 24oz cans of Miller Lite for $8 (were they $9 in playoffs? can't remember). Because you were essentially buying 2 regular 12oz beers, a consumer may choose to buy only 2 beers. So he would be paying $18 ($8 each plus tip) for 2 beers.

        At some venues, they sell 12 oz beers. Assuming the consumer is equally thirsty, he now buys 4 beers. If the beers are $6 each, he is now paying $24 plus tips for the same amount of beer, but on your graph his stadium experience is less expensivel. Alternatively, he may be forced to choose to only buy 3 beers because of the costs, and (assuming he tips $1 each time) he has now paid $21 for 36 oz of beer.

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