Time 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: James Shields. James the Greater struggled in his opening day start against the Red Sox, but looked more like typical Shieldsy yesterday striking out 6 and walking only 2 for his 3rd win…Carl Crawford. His 6 steals tied the modern big league record and he is now 17-17 on the season. Even more important was CC’s 11th walk of the season, which puts him on pace for more than 70. That would obliterate his previous career-high of 37…Small ball. The rays scored twice in the 4th on a walk, a bloop, a broken bat and a ground ball…Michel Hernandez. What a week for the career minor leaguer. Yesterday he threw out Jacoby Ellsbury trying to steal and then stole one of his own, getting himself into scoring position in the 4th with 2 outs. He didn’t score, but that is the perfect baseball play…Jason Bartlett. Three more hits for Bartlett who is now hitting .368…Troy Percival. It is only fair that we mention his 1-2-3 9th inning. Kinda like seeing a white tiger in the wild. A rare site indeed.
THE BAD: Evan Longoria threw a bit of a fit in the 9th inning when he tried to go into the stands and make a play and the ball was caught by a fan. After the game Joe Maddon went out of his way to criticize the fans without even being asked about the subject. We understand Longo being upset, even if his tirade was a little over the top. But this fan was sitting in the third row. You don’t expect to be part of the play when you are sitting in the third row. We understand Maddon feeling the need to protect his players, but this went too far. We can’t imagine Stuart Sternberg and Matt Silverman are too happy about Maddon throwing a fan under the bus. A fan that bought at least 2 premium seats and an authentic Evan Longoria jersey. This team needs more fans, not less [Ed. note: we are giving Troy Percival the benefit of the doubt that he was not yelling at the fan after the final out, but if he was, that was even more classless than what Longo and Maddon did].
THE TELLING: Carlos Pena has 110 plate appearances this season. He has 11 home runs and 29 strikeouts. In other words, 36.4% of the time, he either homers or strikes out.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Carl Crawford. In addition to the 6 steals, CC was on base all 5 times with 4 singles and a walk. He is now hitting .317 with a .385 OBP.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- We have added the WAGs and Trade Pool features to the sidebar links.
- We answered a few questions about the Rays for Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove. [Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove]
- Marc Lancaster has some quotes from Joe Maddon and Evan Longoria about the play in the stands in the 9th inning. [Rays Report]
“I’d like the fan to understand, the one on the third-base side, you don’t do those things. Really,” Maddon said. “Our fans need to know that. In a game like that, you’re in our ballpark, you let our fielders field that ball, because once the fielder reaches in [to the stands] the fan can catch it and there’s going to be no interference called. Just so our fans know the proper etiquette right there, because that was a big play. You never want to give the Red Sox an extra out.”
- Gabe Gross and his wife gave birth to their first child, a daughter. [Rays Report]
- Her Rays compares Carl Crawford and the Red Sox to a certain cartoon rivalry. [Her Rays]
- Rays the Stakes has their latest “Give me one reason” post. [Rays the Stakes]