Dick Vitale, a long-time Rays season ticket holder, spends a lot of time on the Turf at the Trop and around the Rays. So when he comments on the personality of a player, we listen.

The following was a status update on Dickie V’s Twitter account yesterday…

As a baseball fan would u trade BJ Upton? He has loads of potenial but in 3 plus years his numbers r horrible! Has speed n D but very moody

Strong words. Especially when you consider how often Vitale ever says anything negative about anybody (if you don’t watch much college basketball, it is somewhere in the vicinity of never).



  1. Amanda says:

    I don't think that's a fair statement about his baseball knowledge. He's a lifelong fan, which is what we are, and he has a good 30 years on us, so that makes him pretty knowledgeable.

    Aside from that, yeah, that's pretty strong words from him.

  2. Mike says:

    I am really sick of ESPN and others promoting Dickie V as our #1 fan. Yes, he has had season tickets since the beginning, but they are by the visitor's dugout, not ours. Plus, I do not see him at many games, although he has been there more since we started winning. Even now, I doubt he makes it to more than 15 games a year.

  3. Don says:

    Haven't heard one sports "personality" including our own announcers stick up for BJ...says a lot..

  4. Will says:

    Hasn't been good in 3+ years. Sure, 08 and 07 were horibble years. (Sarcasm)

  5. Gus says:

    Duke basketball will never get a call from Bossman Sr. now that Dickie V. took out Bossman Jr. . . .

    That said, Vitale makes the point I've been making in this space all season -- BJ doesn't deserve to be a major league starter anymore (and never a lead off man). Washed up at 25 (after being great at 22) is hard to contemplate, but it happens occasionally. Just ask Ben Greive.


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