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

WIN TICKETS! Part 1 of the GBT open thread will be your predictions for the Sunburst Player of the Game.

  • 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).
  • Every morning in “The Hangover” we will pick the Sunburst Player of the Game.
  • You can leave your selection anytime up until the first pitch of the game..
  • The commenter that correctly picks the most Sunburst Players of the Game prior to the All-Star break will win Two (2) tickets to a Rays game in the second half of the season (if you do not live close enough to a game, you can instead choose Two (2) T-shirts from the Rays Index store.
  • The commenters that finish with the second and third most correct choices will win their choice of a t-shirt from the Rays Index Store.
  • In the event of any ties, we will play sudden death in the games immediately following the All-Star break.

Your GBTs. Part 2 of the GBT open thread will be your thoughts during that day’s game of what you think is The Good, The Bad and/or The Telling.

  • Every morning in “The Hangover” we give our thoughts on what we thought were the more important moments of the game from the day before and whether those moments were Good, Bad or Telling (something that teaches us about the players, coaches or the team).
  • The comments section on this post will be your chance to offer your thoughts on what the Good, Bad and Telling moments of the game are.




  1. Martin B says:

    The Sunburst Player of the Game will be Matt Joyce.

    He’s got bit shoes to fill, and will rise to the occasion.

  2. Rayhawk says:

    Thanks martin, ok now who? lets go with jason Bartlet.

    Mr steady

  3. Rytor says:

    Sunburst player of the game will be James Shields.

  4. MSfollower says:

    I’ll be somewhat boring and say Longoria has himself a nice opening day.

  5. Charles says:

    I’m going with Dirtbag – he seems to have had some early success against Beckett.

  6. Dirtbag Fan says:

    Pat the Bat… (2 for 4 with an with a single and a 2 run HR)

  7. Chris says:

    Why not some love for Crazy Carl Crawford? This is, after all, before his knees have a chance to betray him later in the season.

  8. Dave says:

    Sunburst Player of the Game will be: Pat Burrell. He thinks the Green Monster is a cute fence.

  9. BJ Everyday says:

    Prof, you still going to have Blog-a-Palooza for some games or is this going to be it for all the games?

    Also, I’m going with the vet, CC, as player of the game

  10. cougar says:

    Ahhh….the sun is out (kinda), the beer is cold (in my fridge and not here), and work is boring as crap (as usual). Only means one thing…its baseball season! Welcome back everyone, and to all the newcomers, you’ve joined the best army of raysheads that spread across the entire US. How do I know this? Because I am currently writing this from Los Angeles.

    My big pimp daddy (starburst?) player of the game is gonna be CC. His wheels are going to have a major impact on this game.

    Prof, I like the addition. Lets go rays!

  11. Andy says:

    Sunburst Player of the game will be Akinori Iwamura.

  12. CubFanRaysAddict says:

    Sunburst player: Shields
    Good-Shields 7innings <100 pitches
    Bad- Rays offense vs. Beckett
    Telling- How hard it is to win a game in Boston/ Rehab tents set up outside of Fenway…
    Go Rays!!

  13. James says:

    Sunburst Player of the Game-Drumroll……………James Shields

  14. Brett says:

    Carlos Pena with a game winning homer.

  15. Adrian says:

    Sunburst POG: C.C.

  16. theraysparty says:

    Dioner Navarro, guns down ellsbury.

  17. Brixology says:

    Aki! Banging balls off the Monster and flashing the glove. And here’s hoping that it’s a really tough decision because of the veritable cornucopia of superlatives.

  18. ClemsonRay says:

    Carlos Pena = Sunburst Player of the Game

  19. Charles says:

    Alright, I’m off to watch the game (at a metro Boston bar). Have fun today everyone, and go Rays!

  20. Gus says:

    Percy the tank engine comes out and shocks the world. Player of the game. That scoreless streak from the spring continues.

  21. Dirtbag Fan says:

    Shields better settle down… good early test.

  22. Brixology says:

    The Bad: first inning.

  23. Dirtbag Fan says:

    The good: only allowing one in that crappy 1st (a miracle by St James)

  24. cougar says:

    the telling…not much patience at the plate yet. pat the bat and joyce both fly out on the first pitch they see. gonna take a lot more than that to get to beckett

    • Dirtbag Fan says:

      I wholeheartedly agree with that notion. Nice to see Shields settle down for the second.

      • cougar says:

        i think papa joe read my last post to the team in between the 2nd and the 3rd

        also, im not watching the game, but on gamecast it seemed like they pitched bartlett low and away on every pitch. if this is true, someone needs to tell him to work on driving the ball to the opposite field cause he will see it all season

  25. Brixology says:

    Good: Getting a run home with less than two outs and a man on 3rd. We had such a problem with that last year. Great to start out the year with Carl doing his job and getting Gross home.

  26. Scot says:

    Greetings folks – left work to join you folks. My player of the day is Rocco Baldelli. (What? He’s on the Sox? When did that happen?) Ok – since it is the 4th inning, I’ll pass.

    Prof, what is the beverage of the day??

  27. Brixology says:

    Bad: Not getting a run home with a man on third and less than two outs.

    • cougar says:

      you mean with runners on 2nd and 3rd, nobody out, and the 3, 4, and 5 hitters coming to the plate?

      that’s really bad. gotta get 2 there. things just arent clicking today

  28. AV says:

    Player of the game this afternoon 5/30/2009, drum roll please………….. NAVI! (He’s way overdue)

  29. Mike says:


  30. Tim says:

    (8/4/09) Matt Garza! He’s a Sox killa and is nails at the Trop.

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