Joe Maddon, back at Trop, says Rays really need to be in Tampa

By | giugno 6th, 2019|PICCOLI SPAZI|

JoeMaddon said Tuesdayit was "very cool" to be back inside Tropicana https://www.yankeesedges.com/new-york-yankees/mariano-rivera-jersey Field. That sentiment had to owe to nostalgia and not aesthetics.Maddon is keenly aware that the Rays need a new yard, preferably one "on the other side of the pond," er, bay, in Tampa.Speaking with reporters before his first game at the Trop as an opposing manager, he addre sed two longstanding i sues: the difficulty in getting to the stadium during rush hour, and the Trop itself.FAGAN: Three questions as races near finish line"You need a facility that's readily available to the general population when they get off of work," Maddon, now the Cubs' manager,told reporters (per Ryan Ba s of Tampa-St. Pete TV station WSTP). "They need a place that's more baseball-oriented. You don't need an erector set, you don't need stuff hanging from the ceiling."Here's @CubsJoeMadd when @JustinGranit asked him where #Rays Johnny Damon Jersey new ballpark should be... #WTSP pic.twitter.com/eGYTsjgDbz Ryan Ba s (@Ry_Ba s) September 19, 2017Maddon's preference for a stadium in Tampa is to be expected. He and his wife have a house and busine s interests there, so he's very much "invested" in the market, as he put it."My apologies to all my friends who live in St. Petersburg," Maddon said, per Ba s. "I'm just being honest right now."The Rays' stadium lease with the city of St. Petersburg expires in 2027. The lease's terms have prevented the clubfrom making a serious play for a new venue in Tampa, although recent agreements have eased some restrictions.MORE: Yankees go yard on Rays in Twitter beefMaddon navigated the Trop's quirks well enough to become the franchise's winningest manager (754-705 record over nine seasons). He left Tampa Bay for Chicago after the 2014season. On Tuesday, the Rays honored him with a video tribute:Thanks for the memories, Joe! pic.twitter.com/KDfRXB8kau Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 19, 2017While the Trop isn't the House That Joe Built, it is the House That Joe Made Livable, and thus the tribute.He was back at the house Tuesday, again adding his voice to the campaign to get the franchise into a Roger Maris Jersey different neighborhood.