Team president Silverman: Stadium issue "a distraction," something "needs to be done"
Rays team president Matt Silverman joined in Maddon's criticism of Tropicana Field, with this statement:
"Joe speaks from the heart, and I agree with what he said. It’s hard to combat the national media’s depiction of our stadium. Our situation has become a distraction. It is affecting the clubhouse, and it spills over onto the field of play. It damages the national reputation of St. Pete and Tampa Bay, and it harms the Rays brand. Clearly, something needs to be done.”