Unless Kurt Warner’s wife suddenly decides to shave her head at halftime today, the above image is likely to be the most disturbing thing you see today. That is the Rays’ newest bullpen arm, Brian Shouse, and the image is from The Unofficial Brian Shouse Fan Club where they have more equally disturbing images of the lefty specialist.
We are not sure if we secretly want them to keep this up even though he is now a Ray or if we should run and hide.
Also, a look at the Cork-Board in the sidebar suggests that Juan Salas is the most likely candidate to be designated for assignment to make room for Shouse on the 40-man roster. Another possibility would be to go ahead and offer Derek Rodriguez back to the White Sox. Can you make an argument for somebody else?
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Marc Lancaster is reporting that there is some conflicting information as to whether Brian Shouse’s new deal is a 2-year deal or a 1-year deal with a second-year team option. [Rays Report]
- Guess we should be prepared to hear “Shout” by Tears for Fears this season when Brian Shouse enters games. And with Gabe Kapler, Gabe Gross and Grant Balfour already in place, The Trop is becoming the place where Brewers go to win. [The Bucky Channel]
- With the Rays strict team policy to cut off negotiations after numbers are submitted to the arbitrator, we had been wondering if that only applied to negotiating one-year deals. It seemed silly to us that the Rays would ever cut off talks for multi-year dears. Marc Topkin is now reporting that the Rays are indeed “exploring multiyear deals with C Dioner Navarro and INF Willy Aybar.” [St. Pete Times]
- Stuart Sternberg hosted the 18th Taste of the NFL at his house. The event raises money for hunger relief. [St. Pete Times]
- Yesterday, Cliff Floyd co-hosted the “Super Sexy Super Ball” with a couple of Playboy Playmates. The party featured a bikini contest…Where was this when he was still with the Rays? [Tampa Tribune]
- Rays Review attempts to project the Rays starting rotation for the next six seasons. [Rays Review]
- Can you tell John Allman does not normally cover the Rays? Allman: “Several athletes did walk the carpet early, including Major League Baseball hall of famer Wade Boggs and Tampa Bay Rays’ shortstop Carlos Pena”…Kinda hard to take the rest of the article seriously. [Tampa Tribune]