The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

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According the fine folks at Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports, the Rays season opener pulled in a 5.1 average household rating (~91,000 homes). That is the highest rating for a season opener since the Rays inaugural season, when the Rays first-ever game drew a 9.2 rating (on a non-cable station).

The 5.1 rating is a 6.3 percent increase over last season’s opener, also against the Orioles.


  • Ben Zobrist will likely hit third with Evan Longoria on the DL. []
  • Meanwhile Sean Rodriguez and Felipe Lopez will be called on to cover Evan Longoria’s spot in the field. []
  • Here is a look at exactly how playoff teams in the last 10 years did in their first 3 games of the season. Not many went 0-3 or even 1-2. [Business Insider]
  • Will Carroll says Evan Longoria could be out 3-4 weeks with his “significant” oblique strain. Of course, knowing how conservative the Rays are with injuries, we would guess that 4 weeks is the minimum. []
  • Tom Jones was impressed with Brian Anderson in the booth this weekend. [Tom Jones’ 2¢]
  • Scott Kazmir lasted just 1.2 innings on Sunday giving up 5 runs. A source told Ken Rosenthal that Kazmir will make at least one more start, but it a DFA could be on the horizon. If the Angels do release Kaz, they would still owe him nearly $14.5 million. [MLB Buzz]
  • Another look at Wade Davis’ new contract. [Business Insider]
  • Sam Fuld talks about dealing with his Type I Diabetes. []
  • Claw Digest has Charlotte’s opening day roster. [Claw Digest]
  • And Rays Prospects has the Bowling Green roster. [Rays Prospects]




  1. Ragin Rick says:

    poor Kaz, such a good kid. How does someone with his stuff, just lose it?

    • Mike says:

      I hope they release him and we pick him up again. Kid K will be back!

      • Jim says:

        Kaz would make a great LOOGY!

        • Joe says:

          It would be cool to see him back in the Rays uniform but another lefty? I really think Ramos can get righties out, I have no doubt McGee can and if JP looks even close to JP, he can get anyone out. Might have all 3 if they decide to option Sonny or DL Russell but that's a long time away.

          I say hire him as the new hitting coach, he sure knows how to give up hits anyway.

  2. Task Force says:

    Good TV ratings??? CONTRACT US bad fans please! We are the worst fans ever, remember?? What are we doing, selling out the game and posting a huge rating???

  3. Connie says:

    I think it was during the last spring training game televised...Todd Kalas picked up hot dogs or sausages or something for Brian and Dewaayne. By the time he got to the booth, he only had one. Brian said something like, "well, we can each eat from either end." After an awkward second, Dewaayne goes, "well, not at the same time." It was pretty hysterical.

  4. Fordy says:

    How bout this Sunday a foul ball goes into the booth and B.A. says "We're getting alot of action up here in the booth" to which Dwayne Stats replied..."You mean with foul Balls"...these two are great together!!!

  5. KillaTapes says:

    So psyched we don't have to listen to Kevin Kennedy anymore! Really enjoy the rapport between him and Staats.

  6. Don says:

    I don't do "silly" giggling announcers too well...but if that is what you got it.....

    • MJ says:

      Yea he can be a little too "giggly" at times, although he has cut down on it. But they do have much better chemistry than Dewayne did with Kevin. It'll be hard to match Staats and Magrane though. They did a great job w/ garbage on the field most of the time.


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