• Tailgating With The Rays:

    Tailgating With The Rays:

    April 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm 1 comment

    Playing A Little Pepper… What has been the most surprising development in the first week of the season? I know it has only been one week, but I am a little surprised we haven’t see Evan Longoria get a day off from the field yet. If I would have guessed […]

  • Tailgating With The Rays: Why Did The Indians Throw At Evan Longoria? [GIFs]

    Tailgating With The Rays: Why Did The Indians Throw At Evan Longoria? [GIFs]

    April 7, 2013 at 10:28 am 3 comments

    Playing A Little Pepper… Leading off the seventh inning of last night’s game, the Indians hit Evan Longoria on the heiny. Was it intentional? And why hit him at all? As you can see in the GIFs below, Longo clearly thought it was intentional. The umpire must have thought there […]

  • Tailgating With The Rays: Trade Ends Most Heart-Breaking Tenure In Rays History

    April 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm 1 comment

    Playing A Little Pepper… Poor Stephen Vogt, but maybe this is the opportunity he needs. After being designated for assignment prior to the start of the season, Vogt has been traded to the A’s for a player to be named later. And thus ends maybe the most heart-breaking tenure in […]

  • Tailgating With The Rays: There Is Evidence That Jeff Niemann Will Be On The DL A Long Time

    April 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm 7 comments

    Playing A Little Pepper… Jeff Niemann was placed on the disabled list today and Brandon Gomes was called up to take his place. Is there any reason to think this is serious? Niemann has what is being called “shoulder soreness.” He hasn’t pitched since Spring Training, and even then his […]

  • Tailgating With The Rays: Are the Red Sox A Threat In The East?

    April 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm 1 comment

    Playing A Little Pepper… It’s early, but are the Rays and Jays still the favorites in the AL East? Unless things change dramatically, we can go ahead count out the Yankees. They look awful. But at the same time, as bad as the Yankees have looked, the Red Sox have […]

  • Tailgating With The Rays: Should We Be Worried About Jake McGee?

    April 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm 2 comments

    Playing A Little Pepper… After one game, what is a bigger concern, Jake McGee or the offense? Jake McGee will be fine. He was a little too fastball-happy as all 21 of his pitches were fastballs. Normally he will throw about 85% fastballs. On the other hand, the offense has […]

  • Tailgating With The Rays: How Many Games Will The Rays Win This Year?

    April 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

    Playing A Little Pepper… Over/Under Tampa Bay Rays Wins In 2013: 87.5 Vegas has the Rays’ over/under win total at 87.5. During thousands of projections, the Rays averaged 88 wins. And about two-thirds of the ESPN experts think the Rays will make the playoffs. To me, the Rays feel like […]

  • Tailgating With The Rays: BJ Upton’s Final Game With The Rays

    October 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm 7 comments

    Playing A Little Pepper… Tonight is likely BJ Upton’s final game in a Rays uniform. Only Carl Crawford has worn it more. Five years from now, how will we remember Bossman Junior? I doubt it will be much different from now. If he goes to Boston or Miami and blossoms […]

  • Tailgating With The Rays: What Are We Supposed To Do Now?

    October 2, 2012 at 3:49 pm 12 comments

    Playing A Little Pepper… Tonight is weird. The Rays are eliminated. What are we supposed to do? Since the start of the 2008 season, the Rays have played 833 games (including the postseason). Tonight will be just the 12th game in which the team will be playing without any hopes […]

  • Tailgating With The Rays: Will The Rays Still Be Alive Tomorrow?

    October 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm 6 comments

    Playing A Little Pepper… With the Rays needing 3 wins and 3 Oakland losses, which games scare you the most over the next 3 days? Honestly, I don’t feel very good about either game tonight. Oakland is facing a young lefty making just his 6th big league start, and they […]