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

Blue Jays 8, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Rays Wives. I know a lot of people are tired of the Ice Bucket Challenge, but it has raised a ton of money and well, here are the Rays WAGs doing it.

THE BAD: Umpire. Bad calls happen. They happen on balls and strikes all the time. But it hurts a little more when the missed call was so obviously a third strike to Jose Reyes and the ump calls it a ball. It really hurts when Jose Reyes hits a 3-run home run 2 pitches later. It didn’t help that Jeremy Hellickson missed his spot as the pitch was supposed to be outside and Ryan Hanigan had to reach back. But that excuse really only works on borderline pitches. This was not that.


Yunel Escobar. Maybe I am just tired of Escobar’s act all-together. But the glaring at R.A. Dickey after being hit by a pitch was embarrassing. The pitch was a fastball, Escobar has a history with the Jays, and nobody likes to be hit by a pitch even if it is an accident. But Escobar’s reaction was so ridiculously over the top, staring at length and several times. Just shut up. There is no reason to hit Escobar on purpose there.


Attendance. Announced attendance was 10,125. It was a lot smaller than that. It is the Blue Jays who never draw well and it was a Tuesday night and schools are back in session. But man, this was ugly.


THE TELLING: Desmond Jennings missed his 5th straight game with a sore knee and says it hasn’t gotten any better so it could be a while before he is back…The Rays are now 67-72, 9.5 games back in the Wild Card (10 in the loss column).


  • Expanded replay is good. Turning expanded replay into a gigantic ad for Samsung is not good. [BI Sports]
  • The Astros have fired their manager Bo Porter. As a franchise that likes to model themselves after the Rays you can be certain that Dave Martinez will at the very least be a finalist for the job. []
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [no games last night]




  1. Michael says:

    No thoughts on John Romano from the Tampa Bay Times reporting that St Pete and the Rays may soon come to a deal that allows the Rays to explore sites outside of Pinellas? Or maybe you're preparing a separate full post on it?

    Here's the link in case you somehow missed it:

    • David says:

      According to this article, "Another potential piece of the puzzle is a 60-acre plot of land in Tampa's West Shore district, where Jefferson High and two other schools sit."

      First I've heard of this, but the funny thing is my office is on Westshore. And right outside of my window is Jefferson High. Could I be sitting on what will be home plate a decade from now? (Our landlord has informed us this building will be razed and we'll need to move within 5 years.)

      Given my baseball karma, it's more likely I'm sitting in right field ... or a men's room.


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