"I know one thing, I'm never going to a game in Miami. . . . This means St. Pete is going to lose money."Juan Garanton,
"What they should have done was secure the team and then built up the dome. They did it completely backwards."
"The population of the Tampa Bay area will support a major league baseball team more than Miami."
"I thought we were a shoo-in. A year ago I would have bet $200 or $300 that we'd get it."
"I always thought it was too much of a gamble. It was a two-team race and we came in third."
"This is an excellent sports town. I think Tampa deserves to be recognized for that."
Fort Walton Beach
"I'm disappointed. We need it here. I think Denver has too much. We definitely deserve it more than Denver."
"I wanted St. Petersburg to get a baseball team 'cause I like baseball. I think they're still going to get one . . . 'cause the dome is nice."
"If the stadium had been built in Tampa, we would have had" the expansion team.
"I would have loved to see baseball here. I think baseball is the all-time American sport."