98.7 THE FAN Rallies to Save the Rays

By on September 10, 2013

Desmond Jennings (8), Jose Molina and Sean Rodriguez (sliding)  (US PRESSWIRE – Kim Klement)


ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. – 98.7 The Fan, is  launching of Save Tampa Bay Baseball, a multi-tiered campaign to help keep the hometown Tampa Bay Rays baseball team in the region. Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig have indicated they “are disappointed with the current situation in Tampa Bay” while Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has made efforts to keep the team in the region. St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster said last week that Major League Baseball does not “seem interested in a cooperative effort to keep the Rays in the Tampa Bay region for the long term.” 98.7 The Fan agrees with Rays fans and local businesses that the loss of the team will not be a good thing for the Tampa Bay region.

On Thursday September 12th all the 98.7 The Fan personalities will be at Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg home of the 98.7 The Fan “Fan Cave” from 3pm – to 7pm.  The Rally is before the Rays hosting the Boston Red Sox in the third game of a three game series during  the all important playoff run.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm. 

98.7 The Fan has launched www.SaveTampaBayBaseball.com to raise awareness that the Rays may be in danger of leaving Tampa Bay, as well as a petition drive to let Major League Baseball know that the Rays belong in Tampa Bay. As the local business community has been a great ally of the Tampa Bay Rays, the 98.7 The Fan Street Team will canvass the downtown area offering Save Tampa Bay Baseball window stickers to all local merchants who support the Rays.

“Tampa Bay Rays fans are among the most passionate in MLB.  The fans of the Tampa Bay area deserve the Rays.  And don’t give me the attendance excuse, right Cleveland and LA… Angels of course.  This is a great thing 98.7 The Fan is doing. There is not a better market available for this team, we NEED to get this done,” Rick Sassone of Rocket Sports & Entertainment Network barked out.

There has been a lot of pressure and mixed reviews on St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster to get behind keeping the Rays in the Bay Area. It’s really time for the Mayor to step up for the whole Bay Area (photo by Rodney Meyering / RSEN at the 2013 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg)

“At 98.7 The Fan, we strongly believe it’s in the best interest of the Tampa Bay community to keep Major League Baseball here,” said John O’Connell, Program Director for 98.7 The Fan. “We will support our hometown Rays every way we can, and encourage Rays fans and the Tampa/St. Petersburg community to join us.”




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