Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn made it to Tropicana Field to throw out a pitch for the team.
Not only did Buckhorn throw out the ceremonial first pitch, he also left no doubt that he was was interested in bringing a baseball team home to his side of the Bay. Buckhorn said he was willing to talk to the Rays “when they get the opportunity.’’
Buckhorn thinks there are options where a stadium could be builtm in Tampa. First, however, the team has to get permission from St. Petersburg officials to have discussions in areas across the bay.
“We just want the Rays to be able to stay in this area,’’ Buckhorn told the Tampa Bay Times. “Until the city of St. Petersburg and the Rays come to an agreement, we truly are in the dugout. But when that day comes, I think the entire community will say “Okay, let the Rays look, let them make the appropriate decision. The decision may be Pinellas County, it may be Hillsborough. But they’ve got to have the ability to look.’’