St. Petersburg strikes out by not honoring Rays' hurler David Price
Mayor Bill Foster had a chance to hit a home run, but he didn’t even leave the dugout.
Instead, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn swiped home plate by honoring Tampa Bay Rays’ hurler David Price for winning the American League Cy Young Award.
On Tuesday, Buckhorn proclaimed the day as David Price Day and presented Price with a key to the city.
The honor comes amid the ongoing debate over where to build a new stadium for the team. The Rays are obligated to play in St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field through 2027. The team has asked the city if it could consider stadium sites in Tampa.Foster has answered with a resounding no.
Foster and the St. Petersburg City Council fear Tampa and Hillsborough are trying to poach the team. Others fear the team wants to leave the region. Foster did heap praise last month for Price on his official mayoral Facebook page.
Buckhorn acknowledged the tension Tuesday between the cities but said the team is the Tampa Bay Rays, a regional asset.
Still, the team plays blocks away from St. Petersburg City Hall, not in Tampa. Hopefully, Foster will honor Price before the team needs keys to a moving truck.