Tampa Bay Rays Podcast

“This Week in Rays Baseball” features Chris Adams-Wall bringing you in-depth interviews that help you get to know Rays players, coaches, and executives on a personal level, plus weekly news and notes. “Here To Stay” will bring you an inside look into all the latest information and insight from the people closest to the Historic Gas Plant District Development Project.

Isaac Paredes & Brady Williams
Chris Adams-Wall is joined by Rays 3rd baseman Isaac Paredes, 3rd Base Coach Brady Williams, professional skateboarder Elissa Steamer & Bally Sports Pregame/Postgame Analyst Matt Joyce.
52 min
Here to Stay: Esther Matthews
In the latest episode, Neil sits down with Esther Matthews, president of the St. Petersburg Branch of the NAACP. Esther has unique insight, as she also served as the chair of the Community Benefits Advisory Council which was tasked with reviewing the development proposal. She discusses that process, as well as the challenges and opportunities that can impact our unique neighborhoods.
11 min
A's Broadcaster Jenny Cavnar & Asst. GM Kevin I...
Chris Adams-Wall chats w/ A's broadcaster Jenny Cavnar, Asst. GM Kevin Ibach, replay assistant Randell Kanemaru & Rays Radio's Neil Solondz
52 min
Jason Adam & Brady North
Chris Adams-Wall is joined by Rays reliever Jason Adam, Assistant Hitting Coach Brady North, parents of late bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez, Toni & Carlos to discuss the importance of Mental Health Awareness Month & Bally Sports Analyst Doug Waechter.
52 min
Here to Stay: Peter Clark
In the latest episode, Neil talks to Peter Clark, president and founder of Tampa Bay Watch. The organization's focus is on the preservation
13 min
Garrett Cleavinger & Carlos Peña
Chris Adams-Wall is joined by Rays pitcher Garrett Cleavinger, former Ray Carlos Peña, pitching strategist Bobby Kinne & voice of the Rays Andy Freed.
55 min
Here to Stay: Paul Stewart
In Episode 19, Chris Adams-Wall sits down with descendant of the Gas Plant Neighborhood, Paul Stewart, who's family housed many of the Black players who came through St. Petersburg during Spring Training. In this episode, he shares some of his favorite stories and the responsibility the redevelopment plan shares in honoring the legacy of the area.
10 min
Ben Rortvedt & Jorge Moncada
Chris Adams-Wall is joined by Rays catcher Ben Rortvedt, bullpen coach Jorge Moncada, in-game host Nate Kurant & Tampa Bay Times Beat Report
52 min
Here to Stay: Rev. Clarence Williams
In episode 18, Chris Adams-Wall sits down with Reverend Clarence Williams. He shares the mission behind the initiatives he's helped launch, including the Commission on Social Action.
13 min
Amed Rosario & Warren Hypes
Chris Adams-Wall sits down with Rays utility man Amed Rosario, VP of Creative & Brand Warren Hypes, Process & Development Coach Kris Goodman & Bally Sports Analyst Briand Anderson on This Week in Rays Baseball.
52 min
Here to Stay: Bemetra Simmons
In episode 17, Neil is joined by Bemetra Simmons, President and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership. She explains the mission of her organization and how rare, large development projects like this one have the opportunity to solidify St. Petersburg as a destination location.
10 min
Aaron Civale & Matt Silverman
Chris Adams-Wall is joined by Rays pitcher Aaron Civale, President Matt Silverman, hitting coach Chad Mattola & MLB beat reporter Adam Berry
52 min
Here to Stay: Vicki Sokolik
In episode 16, Neil is joined by Vicki Sokolik, Founder and CEO of Starting Right, Now. She shares what led her on a mission to help unhoused students, some of the misconceptions people have about young people facing these challenges and how being a part of this project could potentially change their future. Trigger warning: This episode does contain brief mention of abuse. If that content is potentially harmful to you, please skip from 3:41 to 3:51
11 min
Richie Palacios & Rick Knapp
Chris Adams-Wall is joined by Rays outfielder Richie Palacios, Assistant Pitching & Rehab Coach Rick Knapp, Bally Pregame/Postgame Analyst Doug Waechter & Director of Promotions Stephon Thomas to discuss the season so far & more!
52 min
Here to Stay: Rev. JC Pritchett
In episode 15, Neil is joined by Reverend JC Pritchett, President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Florida Inc. He was also the first African American to serve as President of The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in its 40 plus years history and now serves as Executive Director. He shares his experience growing up in the Gas Plant Neighborhood, why it's important to preserve the area's history and how he envisions the development project propelling St. Petersburg forward.
13 min
Best of Rays Broadcaster Dave Wills
Hear the best calls of Rays Hall of Fame Broadcaster Dave Wills.
9 min
Broadcaster Dave Wills Inducted into Rays Hall ...
Chris Adams-Wall is joined by Liz & Michelle Wills, Andy Freed, Neil Solondz, Chris Mueller & Becca Carney to honor the life and legacy of beloved broadcaster Dave Wills
56 min
Here to Stay: Roger Curlin
In episode 14, Neil is joined by Roger Curlin, Executive Director of the EDGE Business District Association. He shares his thoughts on St. Petersburg’s growth over the years, what excites him most about the development project and how he thinks it will impact the trajectory of an already thriving community.
11 min
Michael Johns & Austin Shenton
Chris Adams-Wall is joined by Rays 1st base coach Michael Johns, infielder Austin Shenton, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times & Associate Director for Management at the Kennedy Space Center Burt Summerfield on This Week in Rays Baseball.
55 min
Here to Stay: Thomas Mantz
In episode 13, Neil sits down with Thomas Mantz, President & CEO of Feeding Tampa Bay.
11 min
Stu Sternberg & Kevin Cash
Chris Adams-Wall is joined by Rays owner Stu Sternberg, manager Kevin Cash, 2nd baseman Brandon Lowe & voices of the Rays Andy Freed & Neil
61 min
Here to Stay: Freddy Williams
In episode 12, Neil sits down with Freddy Williams, President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast and Tampa Bay. They discuss the organization's mission, the importance of mentorship and apprenticeship programs and why development projects like the Historic Gas Plant District are so important for young people in the community.
14 min
Countdown to Opening Day with Chris Adams-Wall
Chris Adams-Wall is joined by pitcher Phil Maton to chat about joining the Rays & Shane Baz to talk about returning from injury & more!
23 min
Countdown to Opening Day with Chris Adams-Wall
Chris Adams-Wall sits down with Rays pitcher Zack Littell & infielder Curtis to discuss how their Spring Trainings have been & more!
23 min
Here to Stay: Alex Schapira
In episode 11, Neil sits down with Alex Schapira, a director at Hines and new St. Pete resident. They discuss his impressions of the area, how projects like this will become the future of development and what he envisions as St. Petersburg continues to grow into a destination.
11 min