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?
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.