Joe Maddon

  • [THE HANGOVER] Iwamura Saves Game With Glove; Percival Barely Saves Game With Arm

    [THE HANGOVER] Iwamura Saves Game With Glove; Percival Barely Saves Game With Arm

    July 26, 2008 at 10:49 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Even more important than Carlos Pena’s 2-run home run in the top of the 9th with 2 outs that gave the Rays a 3-run cushion, was Akinori Iwamura handling the bad-hop ground ball in the 7th inning. With JP Howell relieving Grant Balfour with 1 on and 2 […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Garza Loses His Control

    [THE HANGOVER] Garza Loses His Control

    July 25, 2008 at 10:29 am 4 comments

    THE GOOD: Akinori Iwamura’s defense. We can’t stop praising how seamlessly he has moved to his new position. If he does not win the gold glove, it would be a bigger injustice than Evan Longoria not winning the rookie of the year. Last night, the Rays turned 2 double-plays in […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Dirtbag Slams Halladay And The Jays; Forecast Calls For More Beanballs

    [THE HANGOVER] Dirtbag Slams Halladay And The Jays; Forecast Calls For More Beanballs

    July 20, 2008 at 11:48 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Little Ball and Long Ball. The Rays are not big on “Little Ball”, but it sure helped in the 6th inning. An infield single by Ben Zobrist (OK, it went to the OF, but it bounced over Scott Rolen’s head), a bunt single by Aki Iwamura, a dribbler […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir May Now Make One Less Second-Half Start Due To All-Star Appearance

    [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir May Now Make One Less Second-Half Start Due To All-Star Appearance

    July 18, 2008 at 11:13 am 4 comments

    THE TELLING: Noticed this during the home run derby, but forgot about it…All of the All-Stars had their team’s logo on the right sleeve of the All-Star jerseys (ie. Cubs). However, Evan Longoria’s jersey had the Rays’ fish logo rather than the new sunburst logo. And yes, we are aware […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays Magic Number Is 69

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Magic Number Is 69

    July 8, 2008 at 11:36 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Carlos Pena’s solo home run with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game. Could this be the moment that gets El Gato back on track? Prior to that at bat, Pena had left 2 runners on in the 1st inning, 3 in […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Carl Crawford Is Starting To Look Familiar

    [THE HANGOVER] Carl Crawford Is Starting To Look Familiar

    June 26, 2008 at 10:21 am 0 comments

    THE GOOD: The extra-base hits are coming more frequently for Carl Crawford. Last night CC drove in 5 with a pair of home runs. He has 5 extra-base hits in his last 7 games after only having 1 in the 10 previous games. He also has 6 multi-hit games in […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Marlins Giftwrap The Rays 45th Win

    [THE HANGOVER] Marlins Giftwrap The Rays 45th Win

    June 25, 2008 at 10:35 am 6 comments

    THE GOOD: Aki Iwamura’s 2-run home run in the 3rd. How did that get out of the park? That looked like a lazy flyball off the bat. In fact, it was Aki’s 200th career home run…The Top of the 8th could very easily fall in the bad category if not […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir Gives Up Game At Crucial Moment

    [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir Gives Up Game At Crucial Moment

    June 23, 2008 at 10:20 am 2 comments

    THE GOOD: Evan Longoria’s home run in the 2nd, his 12th. We don’t want to stretch this comparison too much, but Dirtbag’s stance and swing have always reminded us of Alex Rodriguez and both hitters are very similar in that they both generate an immense amount of power despite having […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Another Walkoff Win For The Rays

    [THE HANGOVER] Another Walkoff Win For The Rays

    June 22, 2008 at 4:37 pm 0 comments

    A recap of Friday night’s game can be found at the bottom after the jump… THE GOOD: The Rays wore the very pleasant-on-the-eyes, throwback uniforms honoring the St. Pete Pelicans of the defunct Senior Professional Baseball League. The Rays went the extra mile and used throwback batting helmets. Most teams […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The Rays Are Magilicious

    [THE HANGOVER] The Rays Are Magilicious

    June 20, 2008 at 10:23 am 2 comments

    THE GOOD: Getting on base in the bottom of the 7th inning. The inning started with 2 walks and a hit-by-pitch. Another HBP with Aki Iwamura at the plate drove in a run. That was followed by Carl Crawford’s second career grand slam, making it 6-3 and effectively killing the […]