This gameday open thread will have two parts and it is all user-generated…

  • Up until first pitch, use the comments section to predict who you think will be the Sunburst Player of the Game. (be sure to use a valid email address while leaving the comment). The commenter that correctly predicts who we will name the Sunburst Player of the Game the most times prior to the all-star game, will win two tickets to a second-half game.
  • Once the game starts the GBT open thread will be your thoughts during the game of what you think are The Good, The Bad and/or The Telling moments of the game.




  1. KyleS says:


  2. Martin B says:

    I’m going to go with Carlos Pena again.

    Is there an award for most losses?

  3. RayHawk says:

    Matt Garza

  4. SeanDubbs says:

    Sunburst = Willy Aybar

  5. Cougar Bait says:

    Gonna go with the Garza Complex today

    Also, thoughts and prayers go out to the Adenhart family. Very tragic loss for the Angels organization.

  6. Brett says:

    Sunburst POG: Evan Longoria I know its a definite win if ground into DPs are included

  7. Rytor says:

    I’m going with Matt Joyce.

    RIP Nick Adenhart

  8. Dave says:

    Carlos Pena will make Dice-K look foolish.

  9. Rick says:

    Aki is red hot and Dice-K walks a lot. I like Aki to be on base 4 times today, 2 walks and 2 doubles off the monster.

  10. Dirtbag Fan says:


  11. Chris says:

    Gabe Gross

  12. leningan says:


  13. Charles says:

    I’m going with Garza as the Sunburst player today. Taking a late lunch to see the first few innings.

  14. steve-o1285 says:

    I’ll go with Mr. Carl Crawford

  15. Possum Avenger says:


  16. MSfollower says:

    Aki Iwamura

  17. Andy Kline says:

    Gotta go with Longoria

  18. cougar says:

    I like cc today. He is gonna be on the prowl

    Thoughts and prayers…

  19. Brixology says:

    Aybar, just to mix it up.

  20. Dirtbag Fan says:

    nice hit by Dirtbag

  21. Dirtbag Fan says:

    Garza looks like Kaz circa ’08 so far

    • that is the second time this series that an umpire has called a ball on a Rays pitcher for going to his mouth. Wondering if this is a directive from MLB to cut back on that this year and sure hope it doesnt end up like the year they called 56 kazillion million balks.

  22. Brixology says:


    • Joyce’s swing reminds me of somebody. but whoever it is, that swing was built to hit home runs. 15 years ago, he would be a 50 home run guy. Not sayin he would cheat, but just sayin’ if.

  23. leningan says:

    The radio guys said that a pitcher must request and receive permission to go to their mouth while on the mound.

    • This is true, but I think in the past it was just assumed when it was cold and they were lax on the “asking” part. Seems like they are trying to get back to the rule book.

  24. Dirtbag Fan says:

    Dirtbag= no ceiling !!

  25. WiNKy says:


  26. Joe D. says:

    Riggans and Garza just seem to be on the same page, 2 hitting the BoSox now and last year he caught Garza’s gem against Florida. Plus he has some really nice pop in his bat, I just wish he could throw out some base runners…

  27. Dirtbag Fan says:

    Freakin’ Bay…. Garza was too far ahead in that count for that crap

  28. Dirtbag Fan says:

    Gotta love the progressive thinking with the D-alignment

  29. Dirtbag Fan says:

    6 more outs, and they’ve already got the Sawx right where they want ‘em… looking up at the Rays, shielding their eyes, and dreaming of the days when they got to dance with the devil.

  30. Dirtbag Fan says:

    no, no, no–they will not come back, they will not come back…i hope.

  31. Charles says:

    I just almost threw up in my mouth a little that last inning.

    I guess we get to see what Percy’s got today.

  32. Charles says:

    OK, now I DID throw up in my mouth

  33. leningan says:

    Terrified… Does Percy look as bad as the gamecast makes it appear?

  34. WiNKy says:

    hell, really wouldn’t of minded a broadcasting ‘blackout’ for the bottom of the 9th of this game

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