Our occasional disappointment in BJ Upton is often misconstrued as a dislike for the player. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are huge Bossman fans. So you can understand our excitement when we read Marc Topkin’s piece on Upton. A few of the bigger points…

  • Upton added 7 pounds of muscle this winter.
  • Upton…”realizes the indiscretions of his past, such as the lack of hustle and lackadaisical play, and he’s ready to reform.”
  • He attended many of the off-season workouts and spent a lot of time with new hitting coach Derek Shelton.

But maybe the most exciting statement from the article comes from Joe Maddon:

Eventually this guy is going to be a superstar.

Yes. Yes he will.


  • Be sure to scroll down if you missed the Hangovers from this weekend. Much more action than usual.
  • Marc Topkin writes about Evan Longoria’s concerns about the Trop’s turf (sore hammys), Pat Burrell’s new shape (less round) and more ABs for Willy Aybar. [St. Pete Times]
  • Willy Aybar reported to camp and says his wrist is healed with “no restrictions.” Aybar injured his wrist during winter league ball. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Roger Mooney spoke with Wade Davis about fishing, movies and early childhood memories. And is THIS movie really one of Big-Dub’s favorite baseball movies? Never even heard of it. [Rays Report]
  • Dennis Maffezzoli notes that fan attendance at the Rays workouts have been surprisingly low so far. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune]




  1. Rome says:

    I wonder if BJ's arb case has anything to do with his "lack of hustle" comment? Good luck BJ!

  2. KillaTapes says:

    Something about Burrell working out with Longo all off-season makes me very optimistic. I've been pulling for "The Bat" to return to form this season and hopefully this is just one of many tell-tales that it is happening.

    Seems like everyone is hungrier this year, look out ALE!

  3. I think PtB's going to have a monster year. He's playing for his baseball life.

    As for Bossman, I imagine many years from now, we're going to look back as say, "Can you believe the 2008-2010 Rays had Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria, AND BJ Upton... all on the same team!"

  4. Don says:

    Upton is at the end of his rope...for "unlimited potential"...he knows that /realizes it....if he doesn't perform this year he is on a bus to Min. or whoever has another Garza/Bartlett...
    Now or never Upton!

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