Tuesday, October 10, 2023

As seen on MLB Network

I've never had a tweet mentioned on cable TV before. That was cool.

Random trivia: MLBNow host Brian Kenny worked at Sears in Hicksville, NY at the same time as my mom. They worked different departments and didn't know each other.

Monday, October 9, 2023

Quoted on Forbes and Bleacher Report

The Rays new stadium news had many people quoting my old articles on the Tampa Bay market.

Over at Forbes, Daniel Epstein wrote,

The new ballpark will surely be an upgrade over their current one in most regards, but there is one major problem it won’t solve. The main reason for the Rays’ attendance issues is that the stadium is difficult to access from the rest of the Tampa Bay area. As Michael Lortz wrote for FanGraphs in 2017, “Tropicana Field is too far from the population center and the gridlock too tangled for enough fans to see the Rays on a daily basis.”

 On BleacherReport, Joseph Zucker wrote,

FanGraphs' Michael Lortz pointed out in 2015 how the population within a 30-minute radius of Tropicana Field was relatively small. The typical traffic around Tampa can be enough to put off those who otherwise might have been interested in attending Rays games.

It is always cool to be quoted. I am glad people still find my work relevant. I wrote a lot about the baseball market in Tampa Bay and I have seen memes and graphics shared that link to my articles. Some big baseball content creators have even said I helped change their thoughts on the validity of Tampa Bay to support baseball. It is nice to be recognized.

I am thinking about writing more in 2024, I just have to figure out how I'll make it work.

Friday, October 6, 2023

Talking about the Rays new stadium situation on WFTS

Been a long time since I posted on this website. A long time. Too long. If this is a regular read and it is popping up on your RSS feed, I thank you for not deleting me. If you still follow your favorite websites via RSS, I thank you even more.

I wanted to post a link to an interview I did a few weeks ago on WFTS, Tampa's ABC affiliate regarding the Rays new stadium proposal. Eric Wexler of WFTS was nice enough to give me a call and ask me my thoughts.

You can check out the video on the network's official page here:

Tampa Bay Rays set to announce new stadium deal for downtown St. Petersburg

Here is the video: