As the San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford was preparing to lead off the top of the third inning of the 2012 World Series' fourth game, Fox Sports flashed a 1992 photo of a 5-year-old Crawford stationed by a sign at Candlestick Park compelling then-National League president Bill White to keep the Giants in San Francisco.
Fox play-by-play announcer Joe Buck recalled the story of the Giants using St. Petersburg's Florida Suncoast Dome as leverage to get a new stadium (some of you may remember the "Bay Area Loves the Giants" t-shirts). However, Buck needed a fact checker. Like many in the national media, Buck incorrectly implied that the current home of the Tampa Bay Rays is located in Tampa. He also stated that Tropicana Field, which was formerly known as the Florida Suncoast Dome and the Thunder Dome, was constructed to lure the Giants.
"That's why that dome was thrown up," Buck told the Sunday night Fox audience.
For the record, the Florida Suncoast Dome broke ground in November 1986 and opened in March 1990. Before the Giants proposed move to St. Petersburg, the dome was used as a pawn in the Chicago White Sox's negotiations for a new Comiskey Park (now U.S. Cellular Field) and to lure a National League expansion franchise for the 1992 season.Tags: Baseball, Joe Buck, MLB, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Rays, World Series