phpi9RLpcTime to bring back the GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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.


  • 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. []
  • 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]





  1. MikeD says:

    yep, let's hope the rest of the season goes like yesterday. 9=8 beats buckets o' cash (with little chemistry) every time. Seems appropriate, re: Sabathia, to post this link:

  2. Charles says:

    Looking out the window right now, weather still looks like crap, but our local weather dudes seem optimistic that the game will not be threatened today.

    A lot of otherwise good pitchers took beatings yesterday, and you're next in line, Beckett!

  3. Dirtbag Fan says:

    Have you heard anything about whether or not the game will be televised on Fox Sports, ESPN, or ESPN2?

    Obviously my directv guide doesn't show it, and I'm trying desperately to make sure i can record it via DVR (which is hard to do if you're not sure which channel, if any, the game wil be televised on... I can only record 2 channels at a time, so my odds are good, but i know my luck and missing this game is not an option!).

  4. Dirtbag Fan says:

    The FS Florida website shows that they'll be broadcasting the Rays game at 4, but it also show that they'll be broadcasting the Marlins at 7... gulp.

    I'd really hate to see them flip over to the Marlins game in the 7th inning of the Rays game just because they had a contractual agreement to do so... time will tell.

    I'm like a giddy schoolgirl... except for the girl part.


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