Chris Christie hates the Yankees, Phillies, jerk sports reporters and Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling

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Our old friend Halladays Biceps gave me the heads up on this: New Jersey Governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie sitting in for several hours on the Boomer and Carton show yesterday bolstering those straight-talker credentials of his. Of our interest, his thoughts on the Yankees jerseys he was given as gifts:

“There will be s’mores at the bonfire tonight…when I burn them.”

Yankees radio announcers, Suzyn Waldman and John Sterling:

[Waldman is] “God awful” and her co-announcer John Sterling “turns my stomach.”

On the Phillies:

“If there’s any team that I hate almost as much as the Yankees, it’s the Philadelphia Phillies.” He also said Ruben Amaro is an “awful” general manager, and Charlie Manuel’s firing was handled “disgracefully.”

And, finally, how to treat reporters who act like jerks:

“When reporters act like jerks you need to treat them that way back. They don’t have some vaulted status in our society that they get to act like jerks and not be treated like a jerk back.”

I am on board with some of these assessments.

And, though I doubt Christie can make it through the GOP primaries in 2016, I think it would be quite fun to have a president who spouts off about sports like any other fan. Especially if the Yankees, Phillies or someone else on his hit list won a championship and showed up the following summer for their official visit.

Of course that would require the Phillies to win a World Series between 2016 and 2024, so you know, maybe it’s not something to get my hopes up for.

Rob Manfred says Tampa Bay must pick up pace on new stadium

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred wants Tampa Bay to work a little quicker on getting the Rays a new ballpark.

Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg has been working for nearly a decade to get a new stadium for the club and signed a three-year agreement with the City of St. Petersburg early in 2016 to search for a site in the Tampa Bay area. Manfred wants that search to pick up some steam.

“I think it’s fair to say we want the process to take on a better pace moving forward,” Manfred said Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, home of the Rays since their first season in 1998.

The Rays were averaging 15,815 fans per game before Wednesday night’s contest against the Toronto Blue Jays. That is just over half the major league average of 30,470. Tropicana Field and its location have been almost universally blamed as the reason for the poor attendance.

“I’ve been pretty clear that they need a new facility here, a major league quality facility in an A-plus location,” Manfred said. “It is time to move that decision to the front burner here in Tampa.”

The matter of how a stadium would be financed has been tabled until a site is determined, but Sternberg continued to express confidence in the Tampa Bay market.

“I’ve had the opportunity to bail on it many times over the years,” he said. “I won’t say this is a slam dunk, it’s certainly not. But I think we can do something that’ll at least double our attendance. That’s a lot to ask for.”

Manfred said Major League Baseball “doesn’t have a firm timetable” for what steps to take if the Rays fail to get an agreement to build a new stadium in the Tampa Bay area, but but added that “it is a topic of discussion in the industry, the lack of progress.”

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Robinson Cano leaves game with hamstring tightness

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Bad news for the Mariners this evening: Robinson Cano left Seattle’s game against the Atlanta Braves with tightness in his left hamstring.

Cano walked off the field after legging out a double — his second of the game — in the third inning. He pulled up as he approached second base and walked off the field, accompanied by a trainer. There was no immediate word on the severity of the injury. The Mariners have a day off Thursday before opening a series at the Yankees on Friday night, so they have some time to evaluate him.

Cano is hitting .277/.377/.460 with 19 homers and 78 RBI on the year.