Stuart Sternberg's reaction to Rays' B.J. Upton's amazing over-the-shoulder catch from home opener [video]

Some time in the middle innings of last night's Rays home opener against the Yankees, communications director Chris Costello ambled by my spot in the press box and told me that owner Stuart Sternberg was doing an impromptu media session across the room.

I hustled over and joined the throng; Stu answered questions but kept peering past heads to keep and eye on the field. At one point, he quickly diverted his attention in time to see B.J. Upton's remarkable back-toward-the-field grab, which is destined to go down in Rays highlight lore, probably as "the Willie Mays catch."

I was there with my handy Flip video camera and caught Stu's reaction and that of the press people surrounding him. It's a quick portrait of an owner who understands his obligation to the media, but is first and foremost a fan of his team.

Here's the video of the catch from the pressbox:

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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