It’s impossible not to admire how the Tampa Bay Rays are handling their stadium situation.
OK. Not sure we agree. But OK, we will give Justice a shot to explain.
They’ve said almost nothing publicly, taking the high road and letting the politicians do the talking. Instead, they’re working behind the scenes, quietly and tirelessly, lobbying officials, explaining, offering solutions.
Hmmm. OK. This catches our attention. Maybe the Rays are being more proactive than we realized. OK Justice, you’ve got our attention. Tell us more.
…they’ve made no threats, engaged in no overblown rhetoric.
Ummm, Mr. Justice, can you come over here for a second. HAVE YOU LOST YOUR GODDAMNED MIND?!?
Let’s see if you can follow us around Sternberg’s underblown rhetoric…
There was the time that Sternberg said “eventually Major League Baseball is going to vaporize this team.” Or the time that Sternberg said the Rays would be playing elsewhere in ten years. Or the time Sternberg accused Tampa fans of not having the “willingness to navigate bridges.” Or the time that Sternberg said the Rays front office will “be the last man standing” in the stadium fight and that Major League Baseball “will find a place”(elsewhere) for him.
If you want to say that Sternberg is just being honest, that’s fine. But we doubt any owner in the history of sports has used a more threatening word than “vaporize.” What owner actually proposes contracting his own team?
For the record, we think both sides are handling the situation poorly. But we also
acknowledge hope that there is more going on behind the scenes. And while we have a strong admiration for Sternberg, to say that the Rays haven’t made any threats or engaged in “overblown rhetoric,” is just plain B.S..