City Council Holds First Stadium Workshop

The abstract: Despite an attempt by Mayor Rick Kriseman to stop St. Petersburg city staffers from preparing for a workshop on the subject of building a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays, St. Petersburg city council members met Thursday to discuss that very subject, potentially by redeveloping the 85-acre Tropicana Field property. That redevelopment would combine such things as a hotel or a small convention center with a new ball park. Unfortunately the reporting on the first of what promises to be a series of workshops on the subject netted cloudy results.

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: All Hail Kings David, Escobar, and Zobrist

It was a hallmark type game that you’ve come to expect out of the Rays, a game that had everything: excellent pitching, outstanding defense, and a scrappy offense that was able to push across five runs — all on base hits. Tampa Bay again moved a game closer to owning sole possession of first place Wednesday night, with a 5-1 win against its AL East rivals Boston. Handcuffing the Red Sox, the Rays made a four run deficit feel like a wide chasm that was impossible to cross. And to be fair, it was an impossible chasm to cross when you consider that nothing was getting by the Gold Glove caliber infield of Longoria/Escobar/Zobrist/Loney. I’ll highlight (below) a few things that I may have neglected to talk about in our live blogged coverage of last night’s game, on our Tumblr page.