We had a dream last night that the Rays blew a lead late (as usual) against the Blue Jays but actually rallied to score 3 in the bottom of the 9th off of one of the best closers in baseball including a game-tying 2-run home run by Delmon Young, to win the game 6-5. It was the 4th home of the game for the Rays, also getting round-trippers from Ty Wigginton, BJ Upton and Akinori Iwamura. It would have been Muu–Rah’s first major league home run And in the dream the win put the Rays alone in first place of the AL East. A very sweet dream indeed. Someday maybe it will actually happen.
- The rest of the Rays need to be careful with Akinori Iwamura, when they are mobbing him at home plate. He is just a little guy. He has reached base 9 times in 13 plate appearances so far. So much for his offensive struggle in the spring.
- Joe Maddon did not need a closer in the walk-off win last night, so it is yet to be seen if he will stick with Al Reyes closing out games. Most likely he will be the first choice but may be bypassed if he pitched the night before.
- Everybody seems happy with the renovations to the Trop and the much improved atmosphere. Of course the atmosphere is always better during sellouts, and those will only happen if the team keeps winning games.
- Getting off to a good start was important for this year’s team. The Rays play 9 of their first 12 on the road, and 4 series in the opening month against 2006 playoff teams. Joe Maddon says that the team is playing with a lot of confidence right now.
- BJ Upton is hitting .500 through the first 3 games. He has also played flawlessly at second base. It will be interesting to see if that keeps Papa Joe from moving him around as is the current plan. As a team, the Rays have yet to commit an error. A welcome surprise.
- A look at the behind-the-scenes preparations that took place before the home opener.
- Apparently the Herald-Tribune is only writing stories for Rays fans with ADD. They never have paragraphs with more than 2 sentences. And a lot of their”paragraphs” have less than 10 words. Maybe it is just us, but it is difficult to read.
- The Blue Jays have worn their new “alternate” caps for every game so far this season.