Earlier this week, ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight Express Tour” stopped in Port Charlotte to preview the 2011 Rays (you can see the entire video clip below). Among the other standard no-thought lines like the “defense [was] depleted” this off-season, is the projected lineup you see at right.
Serenity F****ing NOW! Holy Sh*t this pisses me off! Who the hell put this idiotic, sh*t-brained piece of donkey doo-doo together? Oh yeah, ESPN did. Did they even get out of the god damned bus?
They could have spoken with Billy the Wild Boar on the other side of the center field fence and he would have given them a more accurate projected lineup.
And if they had actually, you know, asked somebody in Port Charlotte, they would know that Joe Maddon has already made it clear that the opening day lineup will most likely look like this…
C John Jaso
LF Johnny Damon
3B Evan Longoria
DH Manny Ramirez
2B Ben Zobrist
CF BJ Upton
RF Matt Joyce
1B Dan Johnson
SS Reid Brignac
We’re not going to kill them for having Rodriguez in the lineup instead of Joyce. That could happen from time-to-time. But Maddon said just this week that Jaso will lead off. And the alternative was Damon, not Upton.
And why would anybody think Johnson would bat in front of Manny Ramirez. Why? Because it would split up the two-righties? You do that with equally talented players. You don’t do that with a future Hall-of-Famer and a guy that has been a 4-A player his entire career.
So if you are counting at home, ESPN got exactly one player correct, Longoria. One.