It’s better elsewhere for Tampa Bay icons

by Gary Shelton on November 15, 2014 · 6 comments

in Tampa Bay Bucs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays

It's a nice place, Tampa Bay. Good weather. Nice beaches. Pretty water. Great sunsets. Fish for dinner.

So why does no one stay?

Why does no one pick here?

Here, there always seem to be more flights leaving than arriving. Here, people stop by on their way on their way to somewhere else. Here, people visit.

Joe Maddon chose not to stay.

Andrew Friedman chose not to stay.

Marty St. Louis chose not to stay.

And so it goes, and so they go. Darrelle Reavis. David Price. Carl Crawford. Nik Khabibulen. They chased bigger dollars and better deals, and to them, another team's colors looked just fine. Tampa Bay is a weigh station, a halfway house, a place to play until the start of Double Jeopardy, where the money doubles.

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Chris G Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning November 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

An Athlete at the Pro Level only have a short window of time to make as much money as he can.
I don’t think it is always about the money, but often it is.
I think Joe Maddon left because he sensed that Tampa is a sinking ship.
Then, we had the personality conflict between St. Louis and Steve Yzerman.

Remember LeBron left Cleveland for Miami, but has returned home now!
Never say never …..


Gary Shelton November 20, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Joe left for the big payday. As optimistic as he is, he’s the last guy to think the ship is sinking.


Drdneast November 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Good to know. Seeing that there in a state income tax in Massachusettts plus other cost of living items, that 12 mill should be worth what now, 3 mill net. Remind me never to use his agent from Dewey, Cheatem and Howe.


Wendy Wallace November 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

Work here…leave for Big Money for a few years….return to retire. Not a bad plan.


Drdneast November 18, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Have to correct you on one point Gary. Reaves did not leave for more money. I believe he was waived and cleared waivers because no one wanted to pick up his contract. New England signed him for 12 millio, 4 million less than he was making for Tampa Bay.
I never liked the trade because of the amount of money he was being paid. A both the only thing Mark Dominick ever did that was right in his tenure her was to sign him to a series of 1 year deals so the team didn’t take a cap hit.


Gary Shelton November 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

He refused to talk about taking one cent less in a renegotiation.


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