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. [Click here for rules]
  • 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. Mike says:

    BEEF K!! (Kazmir for the uninitiated)

  2. steve-o1285 says:

    I’m gonna go with Pat the Bat here.

  3. Brixology says:

    Pat for me as well.

  4. Dirtbag Fan says:

    was gonna pick The Bat, but i’ll switch to Navi, the not-so-fat catcher

  5. Andy Kline says:

    I am going with Ben Zobrist.

  6. leningan says:

    Benny boo boo… takes a HR off an unsuspecting sox fan and puts one over the monstah in his next at bat…

  7. leningan says:

    damn you Andy! Great minds and all that…

  8. Martin B says:

    Are these being kept and databased by our E-mail address or display name?

    Anyway, I’m going to go with Pena…bouncing back from the embarrassing golden sombrero.

  9. Rick says:


  10. Rayhawk says:

    Im going with Navi, he hit Lester well last year, so lets see what happens…..Go Rays

  11. Jim says:


  12. cougar says:

    Am I really gonna be the first to go with dirtbag?

  13. SeanDubbs says:

    The Ambiguously Gabe Duo: Gabe Gross for Sunburst Player of the Game.

  14. Matt says:

    Kazmir. No doubt about it.

  15. Rytor says:

    Definitely picking Ben Zobrist.

    On a side note, Limelight by Rush is such a freakin’ sweet song

  16. Possum Avenger says:

    Put me down for JB.

  17. Adrian says:

    Scotty K for the win.

  18. Cougar Bait says:

    Im gonna go with Barty in the leadoff spot tonight

  19. Brett says:

    Look out for Zorilla in the 7 spot thats my pick

  20. Dave says:

    Kazmir. He usually pitches well in Fenway.

  21. Mark says:

    Everything Martin B said.


  22. Mike says:

    Good: Kazmir’s slider looks pretty nasty against Big Papi in particular

  23. Mike says:

    BAD: Kazmir’s slider looked killer on the first two pitches to Big Papi and then he walks him.

  24. MB says:

    BAD: Kazmir’s slider looked killer on the first two pitches to Big Papi and then he walks him.

  25. Steve says:

    Kaz does look like he has that little extra bounce in his step

  26. Matt says:

    Damn Comcast has really dropped the ball this season. I cant believe the game is blacked out in the Tampa area WTF

  27. cougar says:

    telling: on his 6th at bat of the season, pena hit the ball in play

  28. Steve says:

    EL GATO!!!

  29. Mark says:

    Good: Grant Balfour shutting down a chance at a huge rally.

    Bad: JP Howell needing Grant to bail him out and making all of us watching feel uneasy.

    Telling: Last year the Rays didn’t win in Boston until September. This year it took two days into the season. Of course, last year the Rays didn’t play their first game in Boston until a month after the season started, but if you forget that it sounds like a huge improvement!

  30. Scot says:

    The good – Maddon and his use of the bullpen. Balfour wasn’t closing – he was there to stop what could be the most dangerous moment of the game for the Rays. Oh – and he was allowed to pitch more than one inning.

    The better – Kazmir can now pitch through 6 innings!! Shocking. (111 pitches, though.)

    The best – Rays beat the Red Sox without their best player – Upton.

  31. WiNKy says:

    Good: Aki in the 9 spot (3 for 4, 3 runs), the Aussie with the save at Fenway. The last time Balfour was in Boston, it was ALCS Game 5, 7-0 Rays, bottom of the 7th, Ortiz hits a …yeaaaaaa nevermind.

    Bad: Dirtbag hitting into the double play twice, with no outs & men in scoring position. Bullshit ‘blackouts’.

    Telling: …Sweeeeeet Caroline oh oh ohhh!

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