Sunday, September 20, 2015

Kriseman Throws Out His Second First Pitch

It nearly took the entire season, but St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman got to throw out the first pitch at Tropicana Field for the second time in his mayoral career.
Former St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster, who stood up to the pressure of the Rays and paid the price for it at the ballot box, didn't get to throw out a single Trop first pitch in his four years in office.

It's becoming an annual honor for local mayors who have been supportive of the Rays' campaign to leave the Trop, as Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn threw out a first pitch earlier this year for the fourth time in four years.  And Kriseman is now up to two in his two years in office.

Photo ops!  No wonder mayors love sports stadiums!

UPDATE: Kriseman was also named to a leadership position on the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Mayors Professional Sports Alliance - a group created "to share among the mayors information, resources, and support on issues related to professional sports and to work effectively with leagues, players and owners."  One can only hope Kriseman is taking good notes from the other member cities that have recently lost their shirts in stadium negotiations.

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  1. The question we all have is: How was the pitch?

    Does mayor Kriseman have a better pitch that mayor Coderre in Montreal?

    Just kidding! ;)

    1. Mayor Coderre has a better pitch - on all levels ;-)

  2. Poor Montreal fans will be "jilted" at the altar. Take that to the bank!

    1. Lots of great stuff for Montreal fans these days.

      You can read the translated version here, just in case you can't read french.

      MLB: "Montreal has a leading position" - John McHale Jr

      Stay Tuned!

  3. An MLB Baseball franchise is coming to Montreal - whether it be the Rays, another existing team or an expansion club... you can take that to the bank! Not sure why you need to be a shithead about Montreal getting a team....

    If you are so concerned about the Rays, maybe you and your neighbors should attend games or buy season tickets....