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Sternberg doesn't rule out spending to help Rays make playoff push

ST. PETERSBURG — Principal owner Stuart Sternberg wouldn't quite say ownership would do anything to try to help the Rays into the playoffs, but, gratified by the success so far, he is open to the possibilities.

"We will do whatever we think is reasonable and right and as much as we possibly can," Sternberg said Saturday.

"It's got to be something that's right. We're still long-term greedy, which is a motto from one of my old businesses, and what that means is that you can't completely mortgage your future.

"But by the same token, you don't necessarily get a lot of opportunities to take a real good cut at a fat pitch, so to speak, and if it's there to be done, and when it fits, that's great."

The fit seems key. "Certainly when you bring somebody new in, if it came to that, it displaces an existing person," he said. "And the existing people are doing a pretty d--- good job right now."

Sternberg hadn't seen the team play since May 1, admitting he was superstitious and staying away to not jinx things.

He said the new stadium bid has been "touch-and-go obviously" and reiterated that though the Trop is fine now, it has a limited lifespan and "it doesn't give us the opportunity, mid term and long term, to sustain what it is we've begun to build here."

Sternberg doesn't rule out spending to help Rays make playoff push 06/21/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 11:05am]

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