The Hillsborough County Commission Chairman has had enough of the painfully slow (and possibly non-existent) pace the Tampa Bay Rays and the City of St. Pete are taking in their efforts to find the team a new home. And now Ken Hagan is hoping he can be the guy that finally leads to the break-up of the two sides (via Bill Varian and Michael Van Sickler of the Tampa Bay Times)…
“I’m willing to be the boyfriend that causes the divorce,” he told the TampaBay Times…”I’m just beyond frustrated at the lack of progress regarding the Rays’ long-term future in the Tampa Bay region,” Hagan said. “For me, just sitting by idly and hoping issues will work themselves out is counterproductive.”
The biggest obstacle folks in Tampa face is the Rays’ use-agreement (it’s not a lease) with the city of St. Pete. So far, Mayor Bill Foster has stuck to the use-agreement which forbids the Rays from speaking with Tampa. City attorney John Wolfe even threatened to sue every team in baseball and any city that tried to lure the Rays if the team tried to break their contract with St. Pete.
But Hagan is hoping to change that.
According to Varian and Van Sickler, Hagan wants to speak directly with the Rays despite their use-agreement, and will speak with city attorneys in the near future about doing just that.
Hang on people. This ride is about to get bumpy.