The Tampa Bay Rays have slain the big-market bullies from New York, Chicago and Boston, but the team will soon face a much greater foe.
"The economy could kill us," says Stuart Sternberg, the team's principal owner and a former partner at Goldman Sachs.
Playing with Major League Baseball's second lowest payroll, the Rays owe much of their success to the long-term contracts given to their core of talented young players. The deals will allow the team to keep its top players for several more years, leading many to predict that the Rays could become a dominant force in the game.
But Mr. Sternberg has a problem: The Rays, he says, can barely afford their $44 million payroll with their current attendance, and that payroll is going up. Once the glamour of October baseball fades, the Rays will need to build a stable fan base in a region that has never truly embraced them -- and it must do so during an economic crisis that is worse in Florida than nearly anywhere else........more
I know!! I said that over in the MMA thread I was torn last night. I couldn't have turned out better than it did.
And you pick of Phils in 5 is looking real good. They win tonight and it's a wrap.
Yeah I went to a bar that had about 10 tvs and they were showing both events. I paying for it today though. I drink way to many long island ice teas and now I can't leave the house. I'm suppossed to go to my grandmothers 75th b-day today. Thats not gonna happen.
Funny how this thread died after that bizarre suspended game last night.
I am not from the Philly area originally (been here 10 years). But damn! if I get up on the roof of my house in Jersey, I can see the Linc and Citizens Bank Park across the Delaware.
A three inning sprint has got to be in the Rays favor.... but this series is OURS!
LET'S GO PHILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BTW, the rain stopped about 2 hours ago, but it is windy as hell. Good move to postpone until tomorrow.
I'm from Cape May originally, lived in Florida for most of my life but my family wouldn't have me back if I had converted to being a Dolphins/Panthers/Marlins fan. I really want this thing to end tonight in front of the home crowd. Philly faithful deserve that.
Originally Posted by soxmuscle
The Rays bullpen isn't very good, but with two days of rest, perhaps both teams go with starters?
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