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

Red Sox 11, RAYS 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: One game closer. to the end.

THE BAD: Giving Up? For the most part the Rays have continued to play hard down the stretch. But that is easy when the games are close and the Rays are winning. But on Wednesday night the Rays fell behind big and early and, well, it can be easy to give up when you are eliminated from the playoffs and you are playing on the road and the game is out of hand. That’s what it looked like when the Red Sox scored 4 runs in the 6th inning with just 1 hit and with 3 bases loaded walks.

Injuries. Can this season end soon enough? It is one thing to have to play meaningless games. It is something else that so many players are getting banged up in meaningless games. The latest is Curt Casali who was hit by a foul ball and received a concussion. His season is now over.


THE TELLING:The Rays now have 82 losses and are guaranteed their first losing season since 2007…There is a good chance that today’s game will be rained out.


  • Wil Myers said he pretty much took his spot on the roster for granted and didn’t work hard this past off-season. []
  • Jeremy Hellickson talks about the idea of being traded, says he wants to stay with the Rays. []
  • On a lighter note, do you want to here Vin Scully tell the story of a drunk organist during the Dodgers’ final game in Brooklyn? Of course you do. [Twitpic]
  • Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium is scheduled for tonight, but it might not happen. [BI Sports]
  • And people who sold tickets to the game on the secondary market may be screwed. [BI Sports]




  1. Rob says:

    Wow - the guy just admitted he is complacent and lacks drive. Just what we need on this team. I'll never forget the story one of my coaches told me at baseball camp when I was a youngster. George Brett had just hit for the cycle and was up in his hotel room working on his stance in the mirror when his roommate came in and asked him why he was practicing after the game he just had. Supposedly Brett replied, "I only went 4-5." I'm not sure if that's true, but it speaks to the type of player Brett was. We need more players with that kind of dedication. How a guy can rest on the laurels of a 13 HR rookie season is beyond me.

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      If that were the case he wouldn't have admitted it on the record. I think having admitted it shows that he is using it a learning experience.

      Too often fans forget that these are young men who have been handed buckets full of cash. It's easy to get complacent or to get your priorities out of whack.

      Think about poor people and tax refunds... suddenly poor people feel rich and they abandon their common sense and enjoy the money without thought to future consequence... the same applies for men in their early twenties who went from eating ramen in mama's kitchen to making millions and playing in the bigs...

      He acknowledged the fact that he made a mistake and that is all I needed to excuse him for the sin.

  2. Dave L says:

    I don't see Hellickson going anywhere anytime soon.

    Too much starting pitching? No way. Our total 2015 commitment to the 8 'starters' on the current roster is about $15M if you keep Helli at Arb-2 year $4M-$4.5M whatever. That's still cheap. He's a ok 4th starter or a damn good #5 at worst.

    Colome out of options and moved to the pen means they have give up on him as a SP. He doesn't have enough pitches or control of FB to be a quality starter. That leaves 7. MM wont be back until June so that leaves 6. Karns is too green and still has 1 option right? That leaves 5.

    The earliest would be when MM comes back but that assumes nobody gets hurt. That never happens. So trade deadline at the earliest and next offseason he's definitely traded for young cheap players. No hurry to make that move.


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