Two games into his 2012 season and B.J. Upton already has reassumed his role as the Rays’ most captivating and polarizing player.
He’s making plays in the outfield tonight (making you wonder just a little last night), hitting into a critical double play in the fourth, then breaking the game open with a clutch single in the sixth. All the while senslessly begging to get picked off first base, which luckily didn’t happen.
Welcome back, Bossman. It wouldn’t be a
hair-pulling Rays season without you.
Speaking of hair pulling, the blown suicide squeeze with Jose Molina chugging down from third base was a real kick in the nuts.
But this was a glorious 4-1 win, with the Rays doing right for James Shields at the plate and in the field.
Two things Joe must point out: first, the tank-topped cuties that were constantly on camera over the third-base dugout drinking, talking, dancing and playing with their hair surely made the game more enjoyable. If the Rays want better TV ratings, somebody needs to give these ladies season tickets.
Finally, 31,000+ in the house? For the Twins? This just might be a special year at the gate, which would wonderfully muddy Bud Selig’s new-stadium narrative.