Friday, December 19, 2014

Could the Rays move to Cuba?



What? Are you kidding me? The Rays moving to Cuba you have got to be crazy!

Maybe those statements are all true TODAY, but what about five or seven years from now?

With yesterdays stunning rejection by ST. Pete City Council of the Rays Memorandum of Understanding all bets are on the table.

Sure, there are mountains of issues, from real politics to baseball politics but stop and think about it for a minute.

What better way to build a bond between two countries that have little in common.
  • Baseball is a stand out example of something both countries love.
  • Team travel is really not that big of an issue.
  • It would increase tourism for both countries dramatically.
  • Baseball would put the US in Cuba and Cuba in the US.
  • Baseball would give both countries a common metaphorical starting point for future relations.
All of this may sound a little crazy, but Sternberg or the new Rays Owners might just want to take a look south about 90 miles off shore and think about this: the Rays would be a logical choice for offshore baseball expansion.

Getting the Cuban State to provide funds and resources to build what would likely be one of the most beautiful baseball parks in the world should be no problem.

It would be a full house for years to come.

Every team in the league could offer baseball travel packages to Cuba. Baseball tourism would explode.

Player recruiting would be a snap.

Once in place there would be no way to put a value on the franchise.

Television rights would border on priceless.

The thing about baseball is it is harmless. It generally doesn't take political stands, it doesn't pollute, its players don't get their brains beat out, for the most part its players and business people behave themselves and it has a long history in both countries.

Can you imagine the US Secretary of State setting down with the Cuban Secretary of State and beginning a serious meeting with a discussion about last night's Cuba /Yankees Game?

It may just be time for Sternberg and MLB to think twice about a fanatical desire to immediately move the Rays. Sitting tight here in St. Pete for a few more years might just provide baseball with a very unique hemispherical opportunity.

Who knows, it might even breathe a little new life in to the old game.

My guess is a baseball stadium anywhere in Cuba beats the hell out a stadium anywhere near Tampa. 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

25 Tampa Bay People to Watch in 2015 One of them Peter Schorsch



I noted with interest this week that my friend Peter Schorsch was named one of the 25 People to Watch in 2015 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Peter’s company, Extensive Enterprises, publishes saintpetersblog along with several other social media products.

The recognition is well deserved.

From a broader perspective the announcement also validates the growing influence of social media on news, politics and the information people consume every day.

Peter has managed to create a viable business model in the social media space, a feat that even largest media businesses in the Tampa Bay area with all of their resources have not been able to do.

Peter began his experiment in social media with a very specific set of goals and objectives. We had several conversations in those early days and Peter’s view of how the business model for a social media site and the content should developed and packaged proved to be correct.

As more and more people turn to social media for information, Extensive Enterprises has grown carefully and stayed true to the original concepts: carefully managed costs and expanding coverage of politics, government, business and the human condition.

A conversation with Peter Schorsch about social media or politics is like riding the best roller coaster in the State. It can literally take your breath away. Rapid-fire facts, ideas and concepts flow like a torrent.

Peter is himself not without controversy, but most really creative entrepreneurs come with a large dose of controversy.

When I began writing for social media, Peter published some my early pieces, provided valuable critique and referrals all while working incredible hours getting saintpetersblog off the ground. I will be forever grateful.

Peter was a good choice by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The face of media is changing and in Florida and Tampa Bay and Peter will be an influential figure in that change.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bay Post Internet Reaches a milestone 50,000 Page Views

On Wednesday December 17, 2014 my Blog, Bay Post Internet, eclipsed 50,000 page views. Not really a lot in the world of social media but for a single blogger, focused on a very specific local area, it is quite significant.

My Posts also appear in St. Pete Patch and Eye on Tampa Bay so these provide even more page views.

I know that as an opinion writer there are a lot of times you don’t agree with me so I really appreciate your continuing readership.

I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of you who take some of your valuable time and read my Posts.

Doc 

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