Not a day for politics
ST. PETERSBURG -- With the baseball season underway and the St. Petersburg mayoral election only months off, not a single mention of a new stadium reared its head Thursday at the annual Tampa Bay Rays luncheon sponsored by the St. Petersburg and Clearwater chambers of commerce.
Senior Vice President Mark Fernandez described the team’s community work, including $2 million in donations to various children’s programs. Manager Joe Maddon reassured an enthusiastic audience that the Rays would win 90 games this year and “back on top of the American League East.’’
With St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster sitting at a front table, neither team official even alluded to stadium issues or mentioned that other city across the bay.