ST. PETERSBURG----City Council members clearly remained irked Friday at Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld a day after they voted down a deal to allow the team to look for stadium sites in Tampa.
Several said that Auld's brusque responses at Thursday's meeting played a big role in the no vote.
But Stuart Sternberg also caught some heat Friday from council chairman Bill Dudley who called him an absentee owner who takes the city for granted. He criticized Sternberg for not attending Thursday's meeting.
"Anytime I see him he's in a box in Yankee Stadium," Dudley said. "The only thing we ever hear out of him is complaints."
Council member Karl Nurse said that the Rays need to repair their image. And eating some humble pie would be a good start.
"More humility? Any humility," Nurse said after Thursday's vote. "Less arrogance."
"They are in a business where they want people to emotionally own the team. That's the nature of the business they're in," Nurse said. "Any time you communicate your disdain for the community, it's bad for business. I don't want to fall in love with a girl that's going to leave me."