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: A Last Goodbye? We may have seen Carl Crawford at the Trop in a Rays uniform for the last time. And that is horribly sad for us and many Rays fans. But a very big hat-tip to those that stood and cheered CC at the end of the game. And an even bigger hat-tip to the bleacher creatures in left field for chanting his name.

THE BAD: Derek Shelton. One of the most overrated coaching jobs in sports is that of hitting coach. But this has to change. And it must start with Derek Shelton. Period…James Shields. Who would have guessed that Shields would be undone by pickoff attempts and a home run. OK, we knew the home run would happen. But Shields may have missed two pickoff opportunities in the third when he held the ball. And when he did throw the ball, it got past Ben Zobrist leading to the first run for the Rangers…Check Swings. The way things are going for the Rays, you just knew that after the umpires missed the check-swing on Michael Young, he was going to get a big hit. That big hit was a home run, figuratively ending the Rays chances and literally ending Joe Maddon’s day (he was ejected).

THE TELLING: Joe Maddon was the first manager to be ejected during a postseason game since 2005 (Tony LaRussa). Ron Gardenhire of the Twins was also ejected last night.

WHERE THEY STAND: The Rays trail the Rangers 2-0 in the best-of-5 series. Game 3 of the series will be at Texas on Saturday, 5pm.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Evan Longoria talks about the Rays bouncing back in Texas (video). [The Heater]
  • Carl Crawford on the fans chanting his name: “Today was really special…It was nice for the fans to give me that and I appreciated it.” [The Heater]
  • Joe Maddon on Dioner Navarro’s decision to leave the team: “I’m surprised…and I’ll leave it at that.” [St. Pete Times]
  • Hey, at least Josh Freeman doesn’t suck. [Joe Bucs Fan]
  • Despite Gerry Hunsicker saying he doesn’t want to be a GM again, his name is believed to be on the Mets list of candidates. [SI.com]
  • We’re not sure you need 5, but Big League Stew has 5 reasons the Rays are getting their arses kicked. [Big League Stew]
  • Why would the Red Sox be interested in Dioner Navarro? [NESN]
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  1. There is a disturbing quote in that Crawford article - "If I knew they were going to be saying, 'Thank you' I probably would have tried to have a better at-bat."
    Now, I love Carl Crawford. The man is amazing. But shouldn't he have tried to have a quality at-bat no matter what? That bottom of the 8th inning was pathetic. Upton ground-out, Crawford swings at the first pitch and hits a weak roller to 2nd, and Evan k'ed. It looked like they gave up.

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    • Tone says:

      It's all over, who cares anymore. He loafed on ball hit over his head last week and turned a double into a triple. They have all checked out. Time to move on for all of us. Baseball season is over.

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      • Rick says:

        I agree with the team has checked out. Have we ever seen a team at any level be this good all year, and the last 2 weeks just give up? All of the shutouts the last week and a half and now these two rough games. I did notice crawford loafing last week, but I was hoping that he thought he couldn't get to it. I can't blame carl, if he played in any of the major markets he would long ago been a national icon. I think he has moved on, and I wish him the best. He may be the only former rays player that I will ever cheer for regardless of the uniform he is wearing.

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  2. Don says:

    James Shields "I've never had an outing like that"....
    OH really "Big Game"...at least not since the last 6/7 times you pitched....He can't make the rotation next year...

    Something to look forward to...If Sheldon is back:
    Jennings in the outfield (can't hit major league pitching)
    Upton/Pena/Shopp. back to terrorize opposing pitchers...
    Boston, Toronto, Baltimore all better teams than in recent past!
    Rays are screwed!

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  3. Don says:

    Oh I forgot my favorite target..
    Mr. Maddon..we have just about had enough.. with your little song and dance routines when your team is sucking.... an umpire makes a mistake and you blow up in front of the idiot fans like you are the defender of "our faith"...
    How would you like it if your players blew a fuse every time you made mistakes (exclude Garza)....
    Record for ejections..is a goal you can achieve...others doubtful!

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  4. Will says:

    The Good is missing the only positive part of the game: Jeff Niemann. I realize the disappointment with this loss, but his three innings were phenomenal.

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    • Sarah says:

      True, and if the series were 1-1 I'd be up for a conversation about how this OUGHT to mean the end of James Shields in the post season. But the 0-2 start has already meant the end of conversation about James Shields starting another game.

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      • Will says:

        So, let's say the Rays miracoulsly win the next three. I would say they should use Niemann in Game 5 so you keep Price for Game 1 of ALCS. Honestly, other than the error Shields was good. I think Maddon probably should have left him in against Young, but then again the result might have been the same.

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        • Sarah says:

          Will, I really disagree. If there's a game 5 it's got to be Price's. It's a must win game -- if Price is available he pitches.

          But we should be so lucky as to have this concern.

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          • WillBinMN says:

            Well, he didn't win game 1 so he's not an absolute (Not all his fault, obviously). Plus, you probably can't use him in Game 1 of the ALCS if you make it which is why i think you go with Niemann in 5. Of course, it's a bit early for this discussion. :)

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  5. ac3 says:

    well price and longoria got their full crowd, now who are the embarassing ones? if you're gonna call your fans embarassing for not showing up, you better do something when they do....this sucks

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  6. sunrisejeff says:

    Agree with you there Will. Although I'm not ready to give up until the final out of a Rangers win it does give me hope for next year what our pitching rotation will be. Price, Garza, Niemann, Davis and Hellboy sounds like another possible run to me even with a sad goodbye to CC. (of course if Shelton is not released not sure if pitching will even matter lol)

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