If you have been hanging around these parts for a while, you know that the model for this site is to tell you what the Rays have done, what they are doing and what they will do, and why. Unlike most team blogs, we do not very often tell you what the Tampa Bay Rays should do. However, for the next 12 days we will step away from the standard, and we present to you 12 “presents” the Tampa Bay Rays should give to their fans.
On the ninth day of Raysmas, the Tampa Bay Rays gave to us, NINE no-hit innings from Scott Kazmir…
Most of these “presents” have been items that would help the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays win more games. Today’s gift is a bit more selfish. More times than we can count, we have watched live games with a pitcher battling for a no-hitter. In almost every instance, we rooted for pitcher X to get the final out for the chance to witness a little history and also so we can watch grown men jump around and celebrate like they won the pennant during an otherwise meaningless game.
Once, just once, we would like that pitcher to be wearing a Rays uniform. By our count, there are three pitchers in the rotation that have the ability to go out and no-hit a team on any given night, including Scott Kazmir, James Shields and Edwin Jackson. If we had our choice, we would choose Kazmir if only because it would irk Mets fans to no end. The trade is the bane of their existence and an no-hitter would be just another level of agony on top of a trade they will never let down.
Plus there is the added bonus that the New York Mets have never thrown a no-hitter, but several former Mets have thrown no-hitters. That list includes Tom Seaver, David Cone, Doc Gooden and of course the seven no-no’s tossed by Nolan Ryan.
While Kaz never pitched a regular season game for the Mets, in the minds of most Mets fans he is their prodigal son. No player ruffles the feathers of Mets fans more than Scott Kazmir and if Kid K could toss a no-hitter for the Rays, it would be just another fitting chapter in the story, that can only end when Kazmir signs with the Mets as a free agent at the age of 38 and throws out his arm in his first start.
On the ninth day of Raysmas, all Rays fans want is NINE no-hit innings from Scott Kazmir, and…
EIGHT ejections for Joe Maddon [Day 8]
SEVEN relatively healthy months of Rocco Baldelli [Day 7]
SIX months with at least 14 wins [Day 6]
FIVE players with at least 25 home runs [Day 5]
FOUR winning records against AL East foes [Day 4]
THREE AL All-Stars [Day 3]
TWO new pitchers in the rotation by the all-star break [Day 2]
ONE Evan Longoria in the opening day lineup [Day 1]