Monday, January 15, 2018
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Rays owner Stuart Sternberg on Trump Tower, financial advice and who should play the Trop

Entering his 12th season as the Rays principal owner, Stuart Sternberg sat down during spring training for his annual Q&A session. Some excerpts:

Your latest and greatest snack food?

A lot of dark chocolate covered raisins and cannellini beans.

Current favorite websites?

Cool Tools (kk.org/cooltools) and The Strategist (nymag.com/strategist/). Also @Super70sSports on Twitter.

If you had a blog or a podcast what would it be called?

Stu For You.

Your last great meal?

Easy, it was in Tokyo, a wagyu beef dinner. It was ethereal.

New time-killer on your phone?

Besides Instagram? I daily try the Hamilton app to get tickets for my sons for the play. The other four of us have seen it, and they sort of hold a grudge.

Last thing you bought off the Internet?

Underberg (natural herb bitters) — I have yet to try it. It supposedly cures upset stomach. Not that I have an upset stomach, but I want something to go to in case. I heard it was tremendous stuff.

Have you been by Trump Tower recently while in New York City?

A couple weeks ago, I was a block and a half away, and it was not the New York that I recognize. It's like a police state around there — unimaginable.

Three performers you'd like to see sing at the Trop?

Tom Waits, Shovels & Rope (a folk duo) and Jim James (from My Morning Jacket)

Financial advice in this economy?

I'd think about 7-year dated bonds if the yield gets up to 3-3 1/4 percent, and European equities.

Any new must-see TV shows?

Veep is coming back on; I'm very excited. Curb Your Enthusiasm is coming back on; I'm very excited. And I've finally been watching Better Call Saul, that's my binge-watching. The best thing I saw all last year was The Night Manager (a British mini-series).

Last music you downloaded?

Since we were going to Japan (for a family vacation), the Graham Parker song, Discovering Japan.

What was your lasting impression of Japan?

It was an unimaginably wonderful trip — the politeness, cleanliness and quality of the food were more than I could have imagined.

What was the most exotic thing you ate?

A lot of baby squid.

I heard you have a new hobby, feeding birds each morning. I assume they are not blue jays?

It's a cardinal family that visits each morning while I'm having my green tea and yogurt. Lisa bought me some bird food and bird caller. I look forward to it daily.

Your last celebrity sighting?

It was Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of Hamilton).

Last book you read?

You should be able to answer that — Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen's autobiography)

Last movie you saw?

Allied, on the flight to Japan. I haven't been to a theater in months.

Best meal you can make?

Something breakfast related — eggs, pancakes, waffles, French toast. And I do a very good baked clam.

The Springsteen song that best sums up last year?

Badlands

And this year?

I'm going to do a play on one of the songs (One Step Up), how's that: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward.

Favorite standup comedian?

Richard Lewis was always a favorite of mind. (Dave) Chappelle is a pretty magical guy.

Last thing you apologized to someone for?

I'm trying to think if I apologize a lot or a little. Probably to my daughter Ella for taking so much time speaking to the press before today's game.

You and Lisa are a year away from being empty-nesters, with all four kids out of the house, are you looking forward to or dreading it?

My line is I'm not in denial but I'm not thinking about it. So, I have nothing to say on the subject.

Did you end up getting an Amazon Echo, which you were so intrigued by last year?

It was given to me as a gift, it's an amazing device. And invasive.

What's your lasting memory of the 2016 spring trip to Cuba?

I get a smile when I think about it, and the whole thing was magical. We couldn't replicate it.

     
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