Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Rays owner Stuart Sternberg on Trump Tower, financial advice and who should play the Trop

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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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