Quote of the Day: Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg on the drivers of Tampa Bay

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Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg was part of a panel discussion about sports in Tampa last night, and he was asked what he has learned about Tampa Bay since he bought the Rays. His answer made me laugh:

“Water is a big divide …  You know, we’ve learned really lots about what — I would say — (are) the driving habits of people. And their … ability to sort of navigate bridges.”

I’ve only lived in a place with real traffic for three years. That was Washington, and I took the subway everywhere so it didn’t really affect me. People I still know there, though, pretty much subscribe to the notion that Virginia-to-DC is tolerable and Maryland-to-DC is tolerable, but that Virginia-to-Maryland is almost always a deal breaker. Friends in the San Fancisco Bay Area likewise tell me that one bridge is doable, but if you need to take two bridges to get someplace, dude, forget it.

So, are people in Tampa Bay just one bridge more lazy than people in other cities?

The Red Sox seem content to let Craig Kimbrel sign elsewhere

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LAS VEGAS — Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski strongly signaled that the team was unlikely to re-sign Craig Kimbrel, telling the assembled Boston media contingent that, “we’re not looking to make a per se big expenditure in that area.” Referring to the bullpen.

Kimbrel, who saved 42 games for the World Series champs, was recently reported to be seeking a six-year contract. I doubt he gets that, but he’ll get a pretty big deal nonetheless, and the Sox obviously feel like they can manage with a cheaper option in the back of the bullpen.