Rays Stadium Saga: Another Day, Another Arbitrary Date

St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman and Rays’ President Brian Auld met today to discuss the inner workings of the Stadium Saga, presumably (read: probably officially) for the first time since the doomed December 18th vote on the memorandum of understanding between the City of St. Pete and the Tampa Bay Rays.

St. Petersburg Stadium Deal Delayed a Week, Winter Meeting’s Trade Rumors, Etc

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced a possible agreement for the Rays to explore new regional stadium locations Tuesday morning. While the potential deal should be considered a huge step forward, the addition of any termination agreement to a contract (or in this case, a memorandum) is a complicated matter — especially when you factor in some of the less-than-popular terms which would be set in stone pending a yes vote by the St. Petersburg City Council.

Rays, Kriseman Reach Agreement Which Would Allow Them to Look at Regional Stadium Sites

Breaking: Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays have reached a deal which would allow the Rays to search the entire region for an apt stadium location — Hillsborough County included. The deal is pending approval from the St. Petersburg City Council when it meets Thursday, December 11.

All the News Fit to Print on a Slow News Day

There isn’t much to write about today. Sure, I’m sure I could whip up something on the All-Star Game, though I cannot help but feel that there is a far greater narrative embedded within the Rays’ battle to stay relevant going into the symbolic second half of the season. That is, I’m more concerned with my team making it to the playoffs in the first place, than I am with which league will receive home field advantage in the World Series. Nevertheless, I was able to cull together a few Rays-centric, newsworthy items bulleted below.

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Rays Win 6-2, Claim Sole Possession of First Wildcard Spot

The Rays walked away from Monday night’s game with sole possession of the first Wildcard spot, after Tampa Bay, led by Alex Cobb, handed the Texas Rangers their seventh consecutive loss. The 6-2 game had everything one could want — a Wil Myers solo shot to the DanJo junk-shot seat in right field, a granny-panties wearing streaker, a six-run unraveling by former Ray Matt Garza, and a productive offense that went 6-11 wRISP.