I guess Loria's competitive side finally came out. This also has as much to do with $ as is does with winning though, make no bones about that. I think many people in Florida followed the Marlins more than the Rays. They never had a winning season, the Marlins 2 World Series rings. That meant the Marlins had better TV ratings, and more radio revenue because of a bigger raido network. That meant more TV & radio revenue. The Rays get good, and all of that changes. Stations that carry the Marlins, might now consider changing to the Rays, the Marlins lose money. So even though on the surface it looks like its a ploy to keep the team together, its also about his having more competition statewide, including South Fla. There are thousands of disaffected baseball fans in South Fla, who now might, just might start buying Rays jerseys, and decided, "lets go see the Rays, and not the Marlins" if say they live in West Palm Beach for instance. Trust me, its about the $$$ and not all about winning. But the keeping them together does help build trust with the fans. It will be interesting to see what happens by next July. I think a lot of the close to FA guys disappear if the Marlins have another 2007 season.