Friday, May 10, 2013
What are you doing this weekend, St. Pete?
1. Kenny Loggins at the Rays Are you a fan of the 80s? After Saturday's Tampa Bay Rays game against the San Diego Padres 80s music star Kenny Loggins will be performing as part of the Rays Summer Concert Series. Loggins is known for writing the hit theme songs for Caddyshack, Top Gun and Footloose. All Rays postgame concerts are free with the purchase of a game ticket. The game begins at 6:10 p.m. 2. Second Saturday Art Walk The 2nd Saturday Art Walk / Gallery Walk is Saturday evening. Participating Galleries open their doors for extended hours on the second Saturday evening of every month. A full list of participating galleries can be found online. The walk is free and is from 6 - 9 p.m. 3. Pet Pal's Puppy Love Fundraiser Pet Pal Animal …
Friday, February 8, 2013
A vote to further explore the possibility of allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to look for a stadium outside St. Petersburg failed Thursday.
A proposal that could have allowed the Tampa Bay Rays organization to look for stadium options outside St. Petersburg if they paid the city an annual exploration fee failed Thursday in a city council meeting. St. Pete council member Charlie Gerdes put forward the proposal to amend the use-agreement in hopes that it could end the stalemate and jumpstart communications between Rays owner Stuart Sternberg and the city. "How do we break the stalemate," Gerdes asked. "In order to have a relationship, we got to be talking. We need a vibrant, engaged relationship where we are thinking about the future. "Not just to have the Rays here until 2027. Not to merely have them live up to the contractual agreement," Gerdes said. "To have the Rays be here…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Rays ownership met with Pinellas County Commissioners Tuesday to talk about the Rays future in the area. County commissioners agreed that the Rays should be able to look at locations outside St. Petersburg.
Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg stood in front of the Pinellas County Commission Tuesday pleading his team's case to be able to look outside of the city limits of St. Petersburg for a new stadium for the Rays. The Rays, he said, want to be able to follow up on the 2009 ABC Coalition report that explored options in Tampa and Pinellas for a new stadium. "In the simplest of terms, we would like to follow up on the report," Sternberg told commissioners Tuesday. "We might find the best place is where we are right now. (However), I don’t imagine that’s the case." A majority of commissioners expressed agreement with Sternberg's wish. "This really saddens me that we have to have this conversation," said county commissioner Susan Latvala. "…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A week after meeting with the Hillsborough County Commission, the Rays organization will meet with Pinellas commissioners at 2 p.m. on Jan. 29.
Last week Rays owner Stuart Sternberg told the Hillsborough County Commission that Major League Baseball no longer views St. Petersburg or the Tampa Bay area as a viable option for the Tampa Bay Rays. Today, Sternberg and the Rays organization will meet with the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners to discuss the future of the Rays in St. Pete, Pinellas County and Tampa Bay. The Rays presentation is slated to begin at 2 p.m. to kick off the meeting. If you can't make it to the meeting, you can watch online at pinellascounty.org/tv/default.htm. You can also watch the meeting live on Pinellas County Connection Television, which is channel 622 on Bright House, 18 on Knology and 44 on Verizon. During the Jan. 24 meeting with Hillsborough …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Rays TV and radio broadcasters and more than 25 former major league players will also sign autographs for free throughout the day.
Friday, January 25
The 2013 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest is coming to Tropican Field from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16. According to the Rays, this year’s Fan Fest will feature a large variety of activities for kids. Youth stations include “Reading with the Rays,” Sagicor Coaches Clinic with Rays coaches, Sweetbay Kids Run the Bases and High Five stations with Rays players, photos with Rays mascot Raymond and DJ Kitty, baseball interactive activities for all ages and appearances by Rays players and coaches at various stations throughout the day. A donation to the ALS Association Florida Chapter will again allow fans to receive a wristband which grants the opportunity to get autographs from Rays players and coaches. Rays TV and radio broadcasters and …
The Rays organization met with the Hillsborough County Commission Tuesday and said Major League Baseball does not believe in the Tampa Bay area.
Since he was sworn into office, Mayor Bill Foster has maintained that the Tampa Bay Rays can only explore building a new stadium inside the city limits of St. Petersburg because the Rays' lease does not end at Tropicana Field until 2027. For three-plus years, Foster has tried to convince Rays owner Stuart Sternberg that St. Petersburg is the best option for the future of the Rays. However, after the Rays meeting Thursday with the Hillsborough County Commission, it is clear Foster has another entity to convince — Major League Baseball. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Sternberg said the MLB no longer views the Tampa Bay area as a viable place for a professional baseball team. Sternberg said, according to the Times, that he wants the …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Baseball season is almost here and spring training begins in less than two months.
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Tuesday, January 22
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
According to MLB.com, the Tampa Bay Rays and Cy Young winner David Price have agreed to a one-year deal worth more than $10 million.
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Wednesday, January 2
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Rays third baseman is now under contract to remain in Tampa Bay through 2022.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has signed a $100 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays that will keep him in town through 2022. The team announced the signing Monday, which is a six-year extension of his current contract. There will also be a team option for 2023. "We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish great things,” said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg in a news release. “That is why the Rays and Evan signed a long-term contract in 2008, and it is why we are extending our commitments today. Evan has clearly become a cornerstone player and a fixture in our organization. We are proud of what we have accomplished these past seven years, and I expect…
Over the past six years, Maddon's Thanksmas has served approximately 5,000 individuals in need and provided many of those individuals with clothing and shoes.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Rays Manager Joe Maddon will host Thanksmas for the seventh consecutive year, December 10-12, at Salvation Army Shelters in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater. According to a Rays news release, Maddon will prepare a traditional Italian/Polish holiday feast for hundreds of needy citizens in the Tampa Bay region. Maddon himself will purchase the food, and with the help of Rays coaches and staff, cook and serve the meals. Over the past six years, Maddon's Thanksmas has served approximately 5,000 individuals in need and provided many of those individuals with clothing and shoes. In 2011, as a result of numerous donations from generous Rays fans and Joe's fundraising efforts, Thanksmas was also able to present $4,000 each to Salvation Army …