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Reaching for a home-run metaphor, Tampa port CEO fouls one off

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September

Tampa Port Authority chief executive officer Paul Anderson was crowing about his port, his agency and his staff during Tuesday’s board meeting when his enthusiasm momentarily trumped his home-team loyalties.

Last month Logistics Management magazine voted Tampa’s port “simply the best” in customer service among seaports. Anderson was bragging about that and other recent accomplishments at the port when he said he wanted the agency to wear “pinstripes” and act like the “New York Yankees.”

Uh-oh.

That boast was met by laughter and a bit of jeering from the audience and the port’s governing board.

“We’re Rays fans,” said board member and Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman.

And more than just fans: Murman and fellow board member, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, would love to see the team to relocate to Tampa, if the franchise’s stadium impasse is ever resolved in St. Petersburg.

Like the Yankees, however, Anderson didn't exactly apologize. They do, after all, have those 27 world championships.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:39pm]

    

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