If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and try to project what they will do based on what we have learned. Think of RI as “Tampa Bay Rays 101.” However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans.

Without further ado…

On the first day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, 1 LEGIT STADIUM PROPOSAL…

2013 could very well be a make or break year for the future of the Rays in the Tampa Bay area. The local television deal expires after the 2016 season. And it normally takes four years to build a new stadium. So if the Rays want a shiny new retractable roof playing facility, whether it be in St. Pete or Tampa or on an island in the Bay, they need a proposal soon that will be approved and with construction beginning in the very near future.

Because if the Rays don’t get a deal for a new stadium in the next 12 months, there is a good chance Stuart Sternberg will at least start considering the option of selling the Rays and looking to invest in another team. And if Stu does decide to sell the Rays, we can all hope that Jeffrey Vinik takes over. But if Stu does sell the Rays, he is not going to do the area a favor and limit bidding to ownership groups from the Tampa-St. Pete area. That means no discount Vinik and no guarantee that the Rays remain in the Bay Area.

So Rays fans need a serious stadium proposal (and the one in Carillon does not count). And we need it soon. Because the clock is ticking. And that ticking is getting louder.

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  1. Beazy says:

    I would like to think that there's a lot more going on behind the scenes then what is led to believe. With billions at stake in time for all party's involved, if there's 1 thing we should know for sure, is that financial elitist do what they want, regardless of contracts or politicians. Also, with everything reported this past year, it seems to be something bigger then the normal (tear down 1 stadium, and build the other 1 next door) type of situation. There's a lot of pieces to this puzzle, location, land, funding, predictions of TB's future economics, infrastructure, outside influences, etc. And, maybe it's something as simply as building a cheaper-then-expected ballpark in some regular place, or maybe they set around and leave town all together, though if you add up having a centrally located place (for w. central fla.), Tampa's new future growth between downtown and the (soon to be completed) RiverWalk, Con Agra reportedly agreeing to move, Vinik & his investors buying up all the land north of Channelside dr., and his concrete plans for Channelside, if the Hard Rock casino was taking bets on the outcome, I would bet Stu and others are, and will bet on Channelside being the Rays future location for the next century...

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  2. Beazy says:

    ? http://www.tampabay.com/news/vision-for-tampas-future-connects-downtown-channelside/1261047

    ? http://www2.tbo.com/lifestyles/flavor/2012/jun/17/3/viniks-vision-for-channelside-has-la-flavor-ar-416979/?referer=https://www.facebook.com/&shorturl=http://tbo.ly/N50U8F

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  3. don says:

    I guess I may have to rethink my attitude about people in Tampa...according to a Poll by the Tampabay Times article (yesterdays paper) only 10 % of the people living in Tampa want a baseball stadium built downtown....#1 objection...traffic...I thought I was the onlyone who seen that problem..fans would soon get weary of that rush hour dr. and midnight traffic jams thru downtown Tampa...
    Ok tampa residents Maybe your all not stupid...or maybe just getting smarter...

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    • Beazy says:

      Only 10%? I find that hard to believe. I would believe that close to 100% of "real" baseball fans that don't live around the fairgrounds, west shore, Dale Mayberry, or any other bias place that has been talked about other then downtown would differ. Let's keep it real, most of those same polled people in/and around Tampa don't like driving to St. Pete either IF they were to go to a game...
      Plus, "traffic"? I also would believe most would agree that from Channelside, having 275n, 275s, i4e, crosstown expway, 60, 41, and bayshore, etc. is BETTER then (besides the side roads) just having the option of only having i275 north or south bound. Besides, it's not like traffic at 6:30 will interfere much with rush hour. If you ask me, most of those stats and opinions of peoples were simply smoke screens to there real opinion, and that's that they think the Rays are coming to Tampa and will personally take food off there tables to make it happen...

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  4. don says:

    #1 location for a baseball stadium:
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/poll-shows-tropicana-field-is-favorite-baseball-stadium-site-among-tampa/1267519

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  5. Dave L says:

    If I had an investment which made a 14% return in this economy i wouldn't imagine myself to be in a position where I needed to sell it.

    Thats just a negotiation ploy by the owner.

    Ask yourself, what other market WITHOUT a baseball team will build a new stadium and have better attendance than the Tampa bay market.

    Where they put a new stadium in Tampa Bay is irrelevant to Rays fans collectively. Its a zero sum game overall as some are happy with the Trop for selfish reasons of location and since most Trop/Rays attendees are presently from Hillsborough many of them want it closer but no one wants to pay the taxes to build it.

    The Tampa Bay area is the 28th to 30th best market in MLB and thats only going to change at a glacial pace. But guess what? There is no magical starving 15th market waiting to happen ready to build them a free stadium. Maybe there are other potential #30 levels markets out there but no stadiums exist and nobody wants to build them a free stadium.

    Until the economy rebounds the Rays will be playing at the Trop. Get used to it, that could be a while

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    • Beazy says:

      "what other market WITHOUT a baseball team will build a new stadium and have better attendance", well, there's some other bigger cities then Tampa it self, that would probably bring better attendance like San Antonio, Indy, OKC, Las Vegas, etc., it's not about selling seats as much as it is about selling advertisements, and the Tampa-St.Pete media market is 12th in the nation! Plus, you don't get into a market w/out a MLB team until 19th, and Sacramento is losing the Kings to Seattle, and Orlando at 20th is in the Rays media market, along with Jacksonville, Sarasota, Ft. Myers-Cape Coral, Tallahassee, etc. as well...

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  6. Lroy10 says:

    Nice, we're shooting the 12 days of Raysmas right in the ass on day 1.

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