SUNSHINE STATER: Rick Nafe spent 23 years operating Tropicana Field, home of MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays. (Courtesy Rick Nafe)
Charismatic Rick Nafe tackled just about every kind of situation in his 40 years of running sports venues in Tampa-St. Petersburg 
Rick Nafe typically issues a warning to first-time attendees of the Stadium Managers Association’s annual seminar: Those caught wearing a necktie are in danger of having it cut in two. 

It’s a playful threat, but it sends a message to members o...


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