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.

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THE GOOD: David Price. Yes, “Good” even though he threw 106 pitches, with half of them missing the strikezone. The Good is because even though it was a day in which he was clearly struggling with his control and his stuff, he still held a good offensive team to 2 hits and 1 earned run in 5.2 innings…Willy Aybar. He finally hit a home run with runners on base and boy was it a big one. Trailing 3-2 in the 6th, a 3-run shot gave the Rays the lead…Zorilla. We don’t knonw what to say anymore. The guy is just plain awesome…BJ Upton. Is it better jumps? Playing a step deeper? Whatever it is, recently, Upton has been catching flyballs like the one that ended the game (above). A month ago, that would have landed on the turf and maybe the Rays don’t win the game.

THE BAD: Navi’s Bad Day. Dioner Navarro threw 3 balls into the outfield, with 1 runner scoring and another would eventually score after moving to third base…Running on Price. The Yankees only had 2 stolen bases, but they did not appear to fear David Price’s pickoff move, consistently going on his first move.

THE TELLING: Joe Maddon called on Matt Joyce to pinch-hit for Gabe Kapler in the 9th even though Mariano Rivera is tougher on lefties. Joyce hit a flyball to the warning track…The Rays are now 4-2 versus the Yankees and 3-0 in Replica Yankee Stadium. With the win, the Rays are now a game over .500 for the first time since they were 4-3.



  • Pat Burrell will play a 2-game rehab stint with Montgomery on Monday and Tuesday. He is expected to rejoin the club on Friday. [Biscuit Crumbs]
  • As we suspected, the Rays will only select a catcher with their first pick on Tuesday if that is the best player on the board at the time. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Happy Belated Birthday to Rays the Stakes. [Rays the Stakes]
  • Wade Boggs is a big fan of Evan Longoria. [Bradenton Herald]
  • Fernando Perez read to school children in the first installment of the second annual “Reading with the Rays.” [MLB]




  1. DRR says:

    I really hope Maddon reads the last line of the Boggs article.

    • For those to lazy to click the link (like I almost was):

      "Boggs also had a message for Rays manager Joe Maddon: Keep Longoria out of the designated hitter role.

      “He’s only 23,” Boggs said. “He’s too young to be the DH. That’s the reason old guys DH. There’s nothing left to pull. That was our old joke. You can’t be a DH until you’ve torn both your hamstrings.” "

  2. Willy Aybar? I could make a case for both Ben Zobrist and Joe Dillionaire! Zobrist because of the triple off Rivera and Joe Dillionaire because, well, he's Joe Dillionaire.

  3. MikeD says:

    Dang - thought I might have it with Dillon, but Aybar does deserve it more. Replica Yankee Stadium, I love. Are writers/announcers etc. contractually obligated to call it "New"? The old one is GONE

    • I thought that eyesore on Dale Mabry across from the New Sombrero was technically Replica Yankee Stadium. I really hate cutting through that place to get to the Bucs games. lol Maybe we should call the Dale Mabry one "Small Replica Yankee Stadium" or "Replica Yankee Stadium South"

  4. bobrittner says:

    The Rays were 23-22 on May 23. The comment that the last time they were over .500 being at 4-3 was an error in the St. Petersburg Times story.


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