At right is new Rays catcher Kelly Shoppach. A lot of Rays fans are rooting hard for Shoppach. Even we, who have long been Dioner Navarro apologists are hoping Shoppach steps up to be the most-days catcher. Putting on what appears to be 30 extra pounds this off-season didn’t help. Nor does this quote from Navi (via Marc Topkin’s Twitter page)…

“I just want to do my job and get rich.”

Makes sense. How else is he going to afford all that food?

Somebody remind us why is this guy still on the team?


  • Rafael Soriano’s first workout with the Rays ended early with a chest cold, something he called “no big deal.” [The Heater]
  • Russell Branyan has signed with the Indians leaving the Rays 0-for-every single free agent that were rumored to be “interested in” this year. [Cleaveland Plain Dealer]
  • Excellent preview of the Rays by Jayson Stark who calls the Rays “the best team in baseball nobody is talking about. [ESPN]
  • The worst news of the week and maybe the year? Stuart Sternberg says season ticket sales have been “bad, not good”…In the same piece Sternberg was asked about new stadium plans, indicating that he has not talked to anybody in Tampa about a new stadium (that would be a violation of the Trop’s lease) and seems content to let others stir the pot at this time. [The Heater]
  • An editorial in the St. Pete Times hits the nail on the head with respect to how the city of St. Pete is handling the Rays stadium situation. In summary, the editorial says St. Pete needs to stop being part of the problem and become part of the solution. [St. Pete Times]
  • Meanwhile Creative Loafing spoke with Tampa mayor Pam Iorio who says there isn’t money for a new stadium in Tampa but supported the Hillsborough County Chairman for reaching out to the ABC group. Iorio went on to say that all local governments can do these days is “encourage and facilitate.” [Creative Loafing]
  • Michael Sasso looks at three sites oft-mentioned as future homes of a new Rays stadium. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Dennis Maffezzoli of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune looks at the five biggest questions to be answered during spring training. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]
  • Fred Goodall writes about the high expectations facing the Rays this season. [USA Today]
  • Want a pair of Evan Longoria’s game-used cleats? It will only set you back $500. [Prospect Memorabilia]
  • How about a BJ Upton game-used bat? $500. [Prospect Memorabilia]
  • Doug Miller calls Rays bullpen coach Bobby Ramos one of five coaches that could make a difference in 2010. [MLB]




  1. Don says:

    I don't have any problem with a person being motivated by money...
    But in Navarro's case I think we are dealing with an idiot that can't handle money (common sense stuff) owes his ex agent...I'll bet you he doesn't have ANY of the money he has already made in baseball...more than 80-90% of what most normal people make in their life time.
    This guy is a moron and the Rays are investing (hoping) he turns thinks around....I'll bet he doesn't..Greg Zaun where are you!

    • I dont have a problem with money being a motivation also. in fact, I am hoping it helps Pat Burrell this season. I have a problem when it appears to be the only motivation.

  2. Don says:

    Just got back from Rays "Fan Fest"...Unbelievable.....Management can REALLY put on a show/party.....Hope they sold plenty of season tickets!
    If you missed it (and your a fan)...... YOU MISSED IT!...Everybody was there!

  3. KillaTapes says:

    Wow, what an ass. I really was sort of rooting for Navarro, but slowly but surely it has all led up to this: GO Shoppach! He looks good in our colors that's for sure.

    • Beth says:

      I'm not, especially, rooting for Navi, but I'm going to stick up for him a bit here. We're reacting as though his "I want to do my job and get rich" is some deep statement of his true soul, rather than some stupid quick reaction to a question (and we don't, from the Twitter page, actually know what the question was). I'd cut him some slack.


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