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Published November 19, 1997
"Some 5,000 to 7,000 fans jammed downtown Phoenix, where officials of the fledgling" Diamondbacks and Devil Rays "gathered to build a future for their teams, one player at a time," according to Hoye & Ropp of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Outside the draft, "people from all over the country blended together for the afternoon to watch the draft unfold, transforming Phoenix Civic Plaza into a giant tailgate party" (Hoye & Ropp, ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/19). DESERT NOTES: Marlins GM Dave Dombrowski, on having the Devil Rays join the FL market: "I don't think Tampa Bay is going to have much on our market per say as far as our drawing audience is concerned. Most of our fans come from South Florida, a few from Central Florida, and they'll have a chance to go back and forth to both places. Our key primarily is going to be if we can get a new stadium" ("SportsCenter," 11/18). Expos GM Jim Beattie, on the team being forced to dump large salaries: "For us to really build some stability with the revenues that will enable us to keep these players, that's gonna' come in the package of a new stadium, and that's all [that's] important to us right now" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 11/18). Red Sox CEO John Harrington, asked on future expansion: "Before we expand we'll have to see an increase in our talent base" (USA TODAY, 11/19). For media coverage of the draft, see (#8).