Spring has finally arrived in the Tampa Bay area, and along with it comes the sounds of birds tweeting in the morning, and you can open all the windows in your house, smell the freshness, and blast some music! But undoubtedly, the best reason for spring is the arrival of Major League Baseball again, and this year’s quest for a first World Series championship by our hometown team, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Despite last week’s story in which Forbes reported that the Rays are MLB’s least valuable team, this hasn’t stopped Rays ownership from getting out the checkbook. Management’s move to retain ace pitcher David Price, first baseman James Loney, and making strategic trades were paramount.
Despite Forbes’ financial analysis, and some seemingly smart preseason moves by owner Stu Sternberg, one thing the story failed to mention is that the Rays posses championship qualities that transcend preseason trades or a fattened financial statement. These are team spirit, quality ownership and the real secret weapon — manager Joe Maddon.
So get ready baseball fans. Anticipations are high this year, and I predict this season the Rays will bring home a World Series trophy to the Tampa Bay area.