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Long before the (Devil) Rays franchise came to be, the San Francisco Giants had reached an agreement with a group of investors in Florida to relocate the team to the Florida Suncoast Dome (now known as Tropicana Field) in St. Petersburg. Here's the 1992 New York Times report on the agreement, if you don't believe me.
That deal fell through a few months later when the 14 National League owners voted against the move. Then-Giants owner Bob Lurie needed 10 votes for approval, but he only received nine. It was the seventh time the Tampa Bay area tried and failed to land an MLB franchise. Eventually they got the (Devil) Rays and the rest is history.
On Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted out some really neat photos celebrating the Giants' expected move to St. Pete:
With #Giants at Trop tonight to play #Rays, some flashbacks to 1992 ... pic.twitter.com/XosR0nmj42— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 2, 2013
And another "Tampa Bay #Giants" t-shirt from the 1992 pre-#Rays era pic.twitter.com/QjJzCq4eKw— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 2, 2013
One of several #Giants to Tampa Bay t-shirts from 1992 deal that was not approved, pre-#Rays pic.twitter.com/7B5UUlckqH— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) August 2, 2013
Something about the Giants not being in San Francisco just seems weird to me. Then again, I'm sure there are plenty of people still out there who think it's weird they're no longer in New York.