You walk back down the hall to your office. There’s not really much to say. A deal is a deal, a contract is a contract, and the Rays organization honors its contracts.
You take a sheet of tasteful starburst stationary out of your desk, and write a note:
Dear Mayor Kriseman,
Thank you so much for making the time to meet with us. We know your schedule is busy, and we really do appreciate it. We’ve gone back over the numbers, though, and we really don’t think that the Montreal plan makes sense for the community, or for the team. I think maybe it’s time we renew our efforts to cultivate the fine people of Tampa Bay.
Can we reschedule our meeting? My calendar is pretty free in 2028. In the meantime, I look forward to continuing our discussions with your office about possible redevelopment scenarios for the Tropicana Field site.
With warm regards,
That’s one ending.
The Rays could abandon their split-season Montreal idea and stay in Pinellas. They did previously make a plan for what the Tropicana Field site might look like, reimagined. That plan is unlikely to boost attendance in a meaningful way, as it does nothing to change the distribution of the Tampa Bay Area’s population around the stadium, but the redevelopment would provide the Rays with other revenue sources, and that might be the basis for a possible agreement with the city.
Of course it’s also possible that the city would rather redevelop the Trop’s land with other partners.
As a reminder, the above is a work of fiction. You can return to the beginning of the story, here.