1. Mr.Smith 1980 says:

    Talk about serving it up on a silver platter!

  2. Lane Meyer says:

    I hope this won’t be a regular feature. I really don’t care if he does well or not.

    • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

      Why not?

      He was a major part of the evolution of the (Devil) Rays… he played well and with a lot of heart and was a genuinely good guy who rarely (if ever) complained (unlike his old buddy CC). We should be rooting for him, especially considering that he plays on the other side of the tracks now (NL).

      • Geoff Peterson says:

        Are you talking about BJ Upton? I don’t ever remember Crawford complaining about anything. My memories of Upton are of him complaining before he ever got here about how he, Delmon Young and Dukes the wife beater should all be on the big club. I remember him half-assing it to 1st on too many occasions to count, and of never fulfilling his potential as a hitter. I’ll take the CC’s of the world any day over guys like Upton that thought they were owed something. Now that he’s gone, he’s the Braves problem and I don’t care to hear about him.

        • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

          What?? CC never complained?
          He threw a fit and refused to comply whenever he was asked to hit leadoff… constantly complained about the field conditions (regardless of the venue), and he turned his back on TB the second he got to Beantown…

          Upton caused a little stir as a youngster, but grew quickly into a man and was a stand-up guy. I don’t want to hear all the B.S. about his lack of hustle…
          yeah, I was as frustrated as everyone else with the few times he jogged to first or made a “lack of focus” out on the bases, but on the whole, his hustle in CF more than saved enough outs to make up for it.

  3. Alex says:

    Yea I don’t care what BJ does. CC never complained. If he did, it was about the turf messing up his knees. He may have called out the fans a few times, but even with his antics in Boston last year, CC > BJ

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      CC never complained? How about every single time he was asked to bat lead-off (where he would have most benefitted his team)?? Or every single time he whined about the field turf that everyone else seems to be okay with? CC was also an integral part of the evolution of the (Devil) Rays, so we should root for him too, but let’s not re-create history.

  4. Dave L says:

    I think Cork giving us updates on X-Rays is a regular feature.

    After losing the two guys with such a long history with the Club you can expect more I’m sure. Thankfully they didnt go to rivals.

    • Alex says:

      I don’t remember getting Johnny Gomes updates, or Garza updates or anyone else really other than maybe Crawford and his injuries the past two years as little bullet points.

      • Dave L says:


        Stick “Matt Garza” or ‘Johnny Gomes” in Corks “search” box. He updates virtually ever Ray even the insignifigant ones.

        He uses keywords. Go back it will be a while before you get to where a guy was still here. BJ isn’t getting special treatment.

  5. Patrick says:

    Mr. Smith is right. Who cares if he was a complainer. He still was a major part in our playoff appearances and he could have left a long time ago and yet he decided to stay with us when we were the worst team year and year out. CC and B.J. are two different people. Don’t compare them

    • Lane Meyer says:

      When could BJ have left? He’s been under team control this whole time and wasn’t even here for most of the lean years. So many of you have faulty recollections or want to make BJ something he was not. He had potential, most of it was unfulfilled.

    • Alex says:

      Yea what are you talking about. BJ was a free agent this year. 1st time he could of been a free agent…ever. He’s going to do this occasionally. We saw it plenty. It looks really good, but then he follows it up by going 0-20.

  6. Matthew says:

    Wow makes me sick to see BJ do that in another uniform. He will hit his prime this year and people here will regret letting him go, even the haters. He was a great Ray and should have been a staple in the organization. Without BJ we never make the playoffs in 2008 let alone past Boston and in to the WS. Better year than Longo last year and has been more reliable over the past 3 years. Good luck to him.

    I am a CC fan as well but he was a complainer for those with a short memory. CC was asked to bat lead off every year but refused because he said it would affect his RBI stats. Then in Boston he bats lead off day 1 until they moved him down for lack of production. Not to mention his complaining about his poor knees.

    • Lane Meyer says:

      Good luck on that hitting his prime stuff. He’ll hit .250 or less, go on a few tears and get 20 HRs and 65 RBIs and jog and dog his way to boos from the Braves faithful. Just becuase they pay him well, doesn’t make him a different player.

      • Dave L says:

        Well you subsequent, multiple posts on this topic don’t support your original assertion of “I really don’t care if he does well or not”

        Obviously you wish him nothing but the worst, heheh

        I could see not caring about a guy like Briggy but BJ is a guy all Rays fans cared about one way or the other.

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      I agree with everything you said… except for the part where you eluded to the Rays “letting Upton go”. There was no conceivable way the Rays could have kept him without gutting the team.

  7. angry buddha says:

    Watching that toe tap, the hips turn, the swing. This makes me smile. I hope BJ tears it up this year.

  8. jim says:

    yeah, i hope he tears it up also. his acl and his mcl for starters.

    i hope the brave’s clubhouse is a huge mess. i hope all the young guys go to BJ and his brother and get all the quality advice they need.

  9. Don says:

    To even try to compare bj Upton, to Crawford is an exercise in being baseball stupid. I not much of a stat man, but just compare the stats (lifetime)… besides Crawford was twice the “MAN” Upton still being quite the “boy” Crawford was/still the best baseball player Tampaybay has had to date… for Longo or anyone else to change that they have a long way to go….but please don’t ever put Upton in the same sentence as Carl Crawford

    • Lane Meyer says:

      Congrats Don, that’s the first time I’ve ever seen you make sense. For once, you weren’t being critical just to be critical. We may make a Rays fan out of you yet.

  10. Dave L says:

    It will be quite awhile before Cork can post a BJ topic and draw a yawn and a chorus of crickets.

    Obviously CC 33+ lifetime WAR >>>> BJ 12+ lifetime WAR no one is saying that.


    From 2013 going forward I predict Longo will have more productivity even with his bad wheels than CC and BJ combined in terms of future Lifetime WAR.

    BJ just made the smartest career decision by going to the NL where he can feast on crappier pitching. His homers were exclusively against sub par pitchers. His list of victims is a virtual Who’s not Who of hurlers.

    Carl made the absolute worst career decision by going to beantown to play on a postage stamp left field in front of cannabalistic fans who make him feel like he is reenacting the Passion of The Christ.

    And Andrew knew when to cut them loose.

    • Tom says:

      Not sure I agree with your crappier pitching claim, at least for the NL East where BJ will play the majority of his games. The Nats are stacked with Strasburg, Gonzalez, Zimmerman and Haren probably the best rotation in the game while The phils have Halladay, Hamels and Lee plus the Mets have Santana and some good your arms in Wheller and Harvey. The Marlins have… well okay the Marlin suck.

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