THE GOOD: Carl Crawford. They weren’t kidding when they said MLB has a new-found respect for defense these days. CC was named MVP of the All-Star game, in large part because of his catch robbing Brad Hawpe of a home run…Home Field. The Rays have bigger things to worry about, but if they can find a way back to the World Series, games 1 and 2 will be at the Trop, along with games 6 and 7 if needed.
THE BAD: No Longo. OK, maybe not playing 3-4 innings was good for his hamstrings, but it still would have been nice to see 1 at bat from Longo and maybe one of his patented grabs between second and third with the glove…No ‘Los. Carlos Pena was one of 8 AL players that did not play in the game.
THE TELLING: But his helmet played on. Roy Halladay apparently forgot to pack a batting helmet and with the game in St. Louis, pitchers were required to hit (Yay DH!). So without a helmet, Halladay grabbed Evan Longoria’s helmet and just removed the logo from the front. From the back, you clearly see that it is Longo’s helmet. Need to borrow a helmet, fine. But don’t disrespect the logo.
SUNBURST PLAYER OF THE GAME:
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Here is a screengrab of Carlos Pena’s upside-down sleeve patch during the home run derby on Monday night. It was the same on Scott McNulty’s sleeve…At first we thought whoever put the patches on was going for the same effect as the US Flag which is always “flipped” on the right sleeve to simulate direction and moving forward. But a couple of people have noted that the patch on Ben Zobrist’s sleeve was facing backwards. [UniWatch]
- John Romano on Carl Crawford’s game-saving catch. [St. Pete Times]
- Evan Longoria is not expected to miss any time with the Rays because of his infected finger. [Tampa Tribune]
- Sporting News has a short Q&A with Carl Crawford about the all-star game. [Sporting News]
- Tony Graham of the Asbury Park Press spoke with Tim Beckham about the progress he is making in the minor leagues. [Asbury Park Press]
- We usually don’t link to Bleacher Report but this is too funny to pass up. One “writer” calls Joe Maddon, the “worst all-star manager ever” because he didn’t use Tim Wakefield last night…Apparently Nick Colon isn’t aware that Maddon had already extended a courtesy by putting Wakefield on the roster in the first place and maybe Nick is too young to remember the all-star game in which both managers ran out of pitchers in extra innings or maybe Nick forgot that winning matters nowadays. [Bleacher Report]