During Thursday's council meeting where a proposed amendment to the city's stadium contract with the Rays was shot down by a 4-4 vote, several references were made to Shadow of the Stadium posts (albiet, not by name).
- Councilman Steve Kornell questioned whether the Rays' revenues were Tampa Bay's problems or Major League Baseball's problems, mentioning the lack of a salary cap, as I wrote back in August 2011.
- Kornell also said the Rays' statistic of only 300 season ticket accounts in St. Petersburg was misleading, given the lack of the big picture, as I wrote two weeks ago. Councilman Bill Dudley also echoed the sentiment.
- Council chair Karl Nurse said, "these conversations hurt attendance; it feels a bit like a 'jilted lover' kind of thing." It's similar to my July 2010 post where I said the Rays' complaining about Tropicana Field would only serve to hurt attendance more.
- City attorney John Wolfe warned council about getting outflanked in the stadium discussions by a team and league, which - as I wrote in September 2012 - are both better at this "game" than any municipality.
- Foster also pointed out that if the Rays really are concerned about struggling financially, as I questioned in June 2011, the team should open its books to prove it.