Mayor Bill Foster's latest awkward quote: 'There's grass on the infield'

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I just don’t understand how someone so obviously intelligent and politically capable can be such an awkward public speaker. The latest awkward quote from St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster, he of ‘I want to be St. Pete’s first black Mayor fame‘, came during an otherwise harmless soccer match.

Commenting on Saturday’s debut match of FC Tampa Bay at Al Lang Field, Mayor Foster said,In my 48 years of life, I?e never seen this infield with grass on it. How cool is this??

Never In His 48 Years Of Life!

An Infield With Grass On It!

He sounds like there were frekin’ mermaids swimming along Beach Drive. It’s grass. On an infield.

How cool is it?

It’s landscaping, Mr. Mayor. Yes, there was soccer in Al Lang Field and that novelty is worth being excited about. But talk about it in those terms. Don’t let your lead quote be about their being frekin’ grass on the infield, which is not, um, the best choice of words. Just Google “grass on the infield” or look up that term on and you’ll get what I am talking about.

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