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: The Duke. OK, we like to crap on Andy Sonnanstine a lot around here. So it is only fair that we point out his value to the team. After Jeff Niemann was pulled with an injury, Sonny gave his teammates 3 shutout innings and kept the Rays in the game.

THE BAD:  BJ Upton. Bartholomew Jedidiah went 0-4 with 4 strikeouts, including 3 Ks looking. He only swung at 1 of the last 7 pitches he faced. And in his final at bat, the bat never left his shoulder. This led to BJ flipping his sh*t and getting ejected (here is the video). Upton is probably going to face a suspension for that little tirade…Umpires. With the two runners on and trailing 3-1, Sam Fuld grounded into a double-play. Joe West, who was screened from the tag at first, originally ruled Fuld safe. He then checked with his crew to see if Fuld was indeed tagged and then changed the call, ruling Fuld out, and the inning over. Joe Maddon was eventually ejected (here is the video). A look at the replay showed that it didn’t even matter that Fuld might have been tagged as his foot clearly beats the tag attempt. Even if the other umpires can see a tag, how do they know if it beat Fuld to the bag?

THE TELLING: Jeff Niemann was pulled in the 4th inning because of back stiffness. Joe Maddon called it precautionary. But is this what we saw at the end of his last start?…Evan Longoria was dropped to the cleanup spot with Johnny Damon hitting third and Ben Zobrist up in the 2-hole…Avril Lavigne has been added to the post-game concert series (May 28)…The Rays will wear Navy Seal t-shirts for their upcoming roadtrip to honor those that took down Osama Bin LadenRicky Romero will not start today for the Rays. He will be replaced by Kyle Drabek.


  • Joe Maddon on the play that led to his ejection: “If ever a play screamed for instant replay we saw it at first base in the 7th inning tonight. I think Joe West got it right the first time.”
  • Turns out Joe West only reversed the call after misunderstanding his partner Angel Hernandez, who said Sam Fuld had indeed beaten the tag. [NationalPost]
  • Here is video of Joe Maddon and BJ Upton discussing their ejections. [The Heater]
  • Here is a breakdown of Rays new reliever Brandon Gomes. [RaysProspects]
  • Here is a poetic look at Sam Fuld. [Pitchers and Poets]
  • Michael Lortz spoke with Rays prospect Alex Colome. [MiLB]


  • DURHAM: (no game scheduled)
  • MONTGOMERY 8, Carolina 1: Matt Moore struck out 9 in 5 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks…LF Stephen Vogt had a single, double and a walk. He drove in 3…RF Reid Fronk homored for the second time in 4 games…SS Tim Beckham went 0-4.
  • Jupiter 5, CHARLOTTE 4 (16): Alex Colome allowed 3 runs in 6 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 4…SS Hak-Ju Lee was 2-8 and 2B Tyler Bortnick went 3-7.
  • Lake County 4, BOWLING GREEN 1: CJ Riefenshauser gave up 3 runs (1 earned) in 5.1 innings. The Hot Rods were held to 1 hit and no walks, with two Lake County pitchers facing the minimum…SS Derek Dietrich was 0-3 with 3 Ks.

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  1. I'm with Upton and his tirade, those umps last night were mission just way to many calls in Toronto's favor last night.

    • Beth says:

      Yeah, but the problem is, if you strike out looking as often as BJ does, and gripe with the umpires as often as he does, you lose any credibility.

      • Jason says:

        No, the problem is that those "strike" calls were absolutely horrible. A good portion of them were only strikes if you include the batters box as part of the strike zone. That crew is just consistently horrible.

        • Cork Gaines says:

          I think what hurt BJ last night was the third at bat. The 3rd strike in that at bat was a good pitch. And yet Upton was clearly complaining. Now, Upton may have had a beef about earlier calls, but it is not going to help by bitching about a good one. And we all know, baseball umpires can be vindictive. Upton probably never had a chance in the final at bat.

          Upton did get screwed last night. But he also didn't do himself any favors either.

          • Jason says:

            That pitch was a tad low in my opinion, but close enough that BJ shouldnt have bitched. Unfortunately, the 1st and 2nd ABs already had put a chip on his shoulder. I think the main thing is that this crew is ALWAYS like this. MLB needs to break them up and send them to AA for a year or so. I know umping baseball is about the most difficult job in sports (ref wise), but they are just horrible. I know its a conspiracy theory, but at some point you have to ask if they just hate the Rays.

      • He was right last night though, and that's when I'm talking about.

      • Andy says:

        He's an athlete, not a politician/lawyer. If its a bad call, its a bad call.

  2. Edward says:

    It seems that hernandez loves to make calls against the rays

  3. Beth says:

    If Joe West's reversal of the call was based on misunderstanding Hernandez, why didn't Hernandez speak up then? They could have corrected it at the time, no harm done.

    Also, is that "Pitchers and Poets" thing tongue in cheek, or do these folks in earnest? Jeez, and here I thought I was kind of nerdy.

  4. Hal says:

    Bad Puddin'

  5. Didn't we have trouble with Joe West/Angel Hernandez last year? Can't we request never to see these guys?

    • Alex says:

      Yes we did. Against the Blue Jays too. The Sean Rodriguez "not" touching 3rd base play.

      • Jim says:

        And I think it was that crew in the past Kaz and Maddon had issues.

        BTW, Professor, I think it's funny you refer to BJ as Bartholomew Jedidiah. I always tell people his name is short for Bartholomew Johnson and get odd looks.

        • Jason says:

          Wasnt it this crew that messed up the white sox "interference" call on Bartlett and AJ? The one where AJ jumped into Bartlett and got the call for interferrence.


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