Reds Rays Spring BaseballTime to bring back the GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

THE GOOD: Reid Brignac. Slowly but surely, the slick fielding Cajun’s bat is starting to come to life. Yesterday he hit a 3-run home run in the 7-run 5th inning, his 3rd of the spring. He is now hitting .222 which considering where he started is not bad at all…The Bullpen. Starting with Joe Nelson in th 5th inning, 5 relievers, at least 4 of whom figure to be on the opening day roster, did not allow a base runner until a triple off of Lance Cormier in the 9th inning. Combined, they worked 5 shutout innings, giving up the 1 hit, striking out 4 and walking none…Willy Aybar. Any complaints about Aybar getting some real games under his belt in the WBC? He was 3-3 yesterday and looks to be the epitome of being in “mid-season form.”

THE BAD: Jason Hammel. Hammel struggled early, giving up 3 runs in the first 2 innings, but settled down to pitch 2 scoreless innings. He allowed 5 hits, including a home run and a walk. He struck out 1. He also allowed 3 stolen bases. Joe Maddon was not worried saying that with Hammel is is “just a bunch of little things that you can clean up pretty easily.”

THE TELLING: Willy Aybar started at second base…Evan Longoria was sent home with a “gastrointestinal bug.” On the morning after St. Patrick’s Day? Did the bug have long blonde hair and come with green beer?


  • Today’s spring training matchup with the Cardinals will be broadcast on the MLB Network.
  • During the WBC contest last night between USA and Venezuela, the announcers indicated that Evan Longoria would not be joining the US squad to replace the injured Chipper Jones, and that manager Davey Johnson would go with the squad that is there.
  • Last night we appeared on the Mike Silva New York Baseball Digest radio show. You can download the podcast here. [NY Baseball Digest Podcast]
  • BJ Upton played the outfield in a minor league game but did not have any at bats. Joe Maddon said Upton “came through it well” and “felt good.” Upton is to get some at bats today in a minor league game. [St. Pete Times]
  • Dennis Maffezzoli of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune spoke with Jason Hammel who says he has a newfound confidence and that he is “throwing the ball with authority” this spring. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
  • David Chalk continues his countdown of “The Top 177 Devil Rays Ever” and he is up to #135, Shawn Bleepin’ Camp. Huh wha?!? This is the first time when we must begrudgingly disagree with Mr. Chalk. If the list is “The Top 177 Devil Rays Ever,” Shawn Bleepin’ Camp shouldn’t be any higher than 178. [Bugs and Cranks]
  • The Political Whore takes a look at what impact the economy may have on Rays attendance which is up 40% this spring. [The Political Whore]





  1. Justin says:

    Well, it seems like the job is Hammel's, unless he really screws up--and by that I mean, he loses both his arms in a thresher accident.

  2. Chalk says:

    # Holds the Devil Ray record for most appearances in a season (75, 2006)
    # Tied the Devil Ray record for relief wins (7, 2006)
    # Gave Me An Excuse To Write The Headline: "Alex Rodriguez Is Shawn Camp's Bitch"
    # Went To My Alma Mater: George Mason University

    None of that means anything to you, Professor Never Look On The Bright Side?

    • # led majors in number of inherited runners allowed to score. I think the number was 6 kazillion trillion.

      # tied with Ruddy Lugo for worst performance with a Dr. Seuss book

  3. Jessica says:

    I was thinking the same thing yesterday. Think the Rays frown on it when their all-star third baseman shows up for work still buzzed?

    • Justin says:

      Do you remember the game from last year against the Twins? They had clinched for the first time the day before, and then the next day they were all wasted.

    • That's why the Rays have guys like Percival around. To remind the young pups that baseball is an everyday sport. And to keep their collective heads out of their individual asses or something like that.

  4. Dirtbag Fan says:

    The Brown Bottle Flu is listed in the New York Journal of Medicine I'm sure of it...

  5. MJ says:

    Totally agree on Sean Camp. Maybe on the worst devil rays list.


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