THE GOOD: No Rays, but watching the O’s beat up on the Yankees and CC Sabathia was a nice replacement. Sabathia getting pounded was good for the Rays and for Mankind.
THE BAD: Having to wait one more day for the Rays opening day.
THE TELLING: Yesterday was the first opening day rainout in franchise history.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Marc Topkin looks at how the MLB schedule is generated and why the Rays had to open on the road, noting that the schedule was put together last summer before anybody knew who would win the AL…And of course, we would never expect MLB to tell you they are doing it to maximize revenues, which was the reason we proposed yesterday. And there have been plenty of people smarter than us, that say it is ALL about maximizing revenues. [St. Pete Times]
- David Brown of Big League Stew interviewed Joe Maddon. In the interview Maddon talks about being Mark Twain for a day, what could get him to ride his bike coast-to-coast, eradicating assumptionism and wearing contacts. [Big League Stew]
- Vince Naimoli, who still owns about 25% of the Rays, has put his $14 million home up for sale. [Tampa Tribune]
- Jonah Keri (if you are not familiar with his work, we highly recommend) has picked the Rays to win the AL East. [JonahKeri.com]
- Meanwhile, that bum Rob Neyer has the Rays third in the AL East (we kid cuz we care). [ESPN]
- Joe Maddon spoke with reporters about having to play opening day at Fenway Park, and was able to once again break out his Elmer Fudd cap while doing so. [Boston Globe]
- Jeff Niemann talks about winning the fifth spot in the rotation. [Tampa Tribune]
- Around the Majors analyzes the Jason Hammel trade. [Around the Majors]
- The Rays Party has pieced together an organizational depth chart. [The Rays Party]
- Former first-round pick Dewon Brazelton has signed with an independent league team. [Montgomery Advertiser]