Yunel EscobarThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Jays 4, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Evan Longoria. I’m just going to leave this here. Beautiful.

Gold Glove. Web Gem. SC Top Ten…

THE BAD: Alex Cobb. The home runs are going to happen with a changeup pitcher (see: Shields, James). But what was worrisome was that he worked just 5 innings and needed more than 100 pitches to do it. Cobb needs to be a workhorse, even when things aren’t going well…Swing the Bat. With the tying runs in scoring position in the ninth inning with 2 outs, Yunel Escobar watched the same exact low slider go by him three times and struck out looking. Even if he didn’t think the first two were strikes (he didn’t, they were), he has to know that the pitcher is going to go back there and he has to expand his own zone…Another Game, Another Maddon Slow Walk. For the second straight game, Maddon did a slow walk out to the umpire to await word from the dugout to see if he should review a close play at second base involving Matt Joyce. It took Maddon 30 seconds to get to the umpire. It took another 23 seconds to get the signal from Dave Martinez. Then it took Maddon another 21 seconds to return to the dugout. A total of 1 minutes, 14 seconds to decide not to challenge a play. Baseball needs fewer interruptions in the pace of play, not more…Attendance. Attendance was just 11,113 for the second game of the season for a team that is one of the favorites in the American League. I will say that attendance for game 2 is often bad. Twice in the last 4 years, the Rays drew less than 16,000. On top of that, the Rays rarely draw well for the Blue Jays during the week. So it was a bad combination. But let’s face it, this was bad.

THE TELLING: Speaking of pace of play, the game took 3 hours, 32 minutes. Brutal…The Durham Bulls rotation will be Nate Karns, Enny Romero, Matt Andriese, Mike Montgomery, and Erik Bedard…David Dejesus’s foot was still swollen on Tuesday and he was out of the lineup.


  • The Dodgers have more payroll on the DL than the Rays have for their entire roster. [@BillShaikin]
  • Speaking of which, he is a payroll breakdown for all 30 teams. This is just 25-man rosters so it is a little less than the 40-man payroll we reported earlier. [BI Sports]
  • How many owners keep score during a game? And how many owners will continue to keep score, even while doing an interview. [@RaysIndfex]
  • An interview with Andrew Friedman on how to win on a budget. [Sportsnet]




  1. Geoff Peterson says:

    Don't forget the Bolts were also playing a home game last night to secure a playoff berth when considering attendance and also last week was Spring Break in Pinellas so all the parents and kiddies are back to their regular grinds. I still don't see the need for our pundits to bring up attendance after every single game, it becomes tiresome. I'd like to see more effort in calling out the corporations and businesses in the area who are not doing their part to buy season/single game tickets for the team. The last stats I saw on this had the Rays selling 9,000-12,000 less corporate seats PER GAME than the average MLB team. Add 10,000 to our attendance each game and we're probably a middle of the pack team in attendance.

  2. AJNO says:

    Bedard is back in Durham?

    i'll be dammed... in 2 weeks, he'll be back in St Pete...

  3. ken says:

    A 4 game series with the Jays to open the season. Thanks Bud. I saw a big red flag as soon as this year's schedule was published. Jays never draw well here, even with a bunch of cheap ass canucks clogging our roads. Yanks, meanwhile, open in Houston. WTH. Selig's overtures about helping solve the attendance problem is bull. Yanks for 4 would have drawn 100,000+ into the Trop. Sometimes I feel like the game is rigged.

    • Joe Dunn says:

      So we draw when the Yanks come later on.....who cares?

      Im just glad we opened at home and the AWFUL jankee fans were NOT at the stadium Monday - - it was soo nice to have on ly Rays fans making noise.


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