Things are starting happen in the Rays’ stadium talks- at least we hope. The report of the Baseball Stadium FInancing Caucus will be made public soon, and according to Marc Topkin, something bigger is about to happen as well- Bill Foster and the St. Pete council are expected to respond to Rays owner Stuart Sternberg’s offer to amend the Tropicana Field League to make stadium discussions progress. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig also talked about to Topkin about the whole stadium situation.
(On the stadium situation) “I’ll let you draw your own conclusion,” Selig said Thursday. “I think it’s a conclusion that’s pretty obvious.”
(On Bill Foster’s negotiating tactics) “Usually I have sarcastic and nasty moments every 10 minutes, but the answer to that is I’ll let Mr. Sternberg handle that,” Selig said. “I think … he has made his feelings known, and I share those 100 percent, absolutely.”
The good news is that things are happening in the Rays’ stadium talks. The bad news is that the negotiation remains two sides pitted squarely against each other with each side claiming that the other side is doing everything possible to make them miserable. Progress seems to be made, there’s optimism in the air, and then everything degenerates to nothing but threats and arguments. This whole stadium situation has the vibe of a nasty divorce. Will it be from Tropicana Field, from St. Petersburg, or from the entire Tampa Bay area?