Dec 22, 2011

All I want for Christmas in Rays land is a Stadium agreement

by Aaron Giddens

Christmas time shot of downtown Tampa
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It's Christmas time in Tampa Bay. A time for giving. A time for family. And for those of us, like myself, who celebrate the religious aspect of the holiday, a time to celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.

In this holiday season, there is one thing still weighing on my mind ever so slightly, the stadium situation is far from being solved still. Even though we have not heard from Mayor Foster in a while about the stadium, I'm sure he's trying to think of how he's gonna be a stubborn person next.

There is hardly peace and good will towards men when it comes to the two parties involved in this dispute, the Rays and the City of St. Pete (three if you count the fans). And none of them seem to be interested in sitting down to find a solution to this growing problem.

The Rays can't use Tropicana Field for much longer. By the current standard, it's outdated in a lot of aspects. And the waterfront stadium went up in smoke. Rays need a new stadium to call home, but no one is willing to budge. Especially not the Mayor of St. Pete.

We express our dismay with how St. Pete mayor Bill Foster is handling this situation quite often here on BRaysball Talk, but I feel it's justified. He's not willing to work with the Rays who want to jump to the other side of the Bay. And the Rays are convinced that a new stadium won't work in St. Pete.

There also the issue of determining who's to pay. Again, no one is willing to budge. Fans and the the City of St. Pete largely want the Rays to pay 100% for the new stadium. While the Rays, I guess, want the fans to pay. I myself, want the two (three?) parties to split the bill.

We realize Mayor Foster has his citizens interests to protect, but what about the other fans in the Bay Area? Are they not important too? And for the Rays side, we realize that they want the new stadium in Tampa, but isn't there a compromise that can be made to make both parties happy?

So in this holiday season, I shall write my letter to Santa. And on it I will say "All I want for Christmas, Santa, is for the Rays future in Tampa Bay to be secured by what ever legal means necessary."

Merry Christmas, everyone.

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