The series opener against the Angels was a great one to watch, regardless of how late it was in Florida. In the second inning, the Rays made team history when Evan Longoria, Willy Aybar and Dioner Navarro became the first Rays to ever hit backtobacktoback home runs in a regular season game, doing so against Joe Saunders. Edwin Jackson let the lead get away to 43 in the fourth inning, but the Rays responded with a fiverun inning their next time up and they never turned back. Jackson picked up the victory as the Rays beat the Angels 134 to give Joe Maddon, who worked in the Angels organization for 31 years, his first road win at Angels Stadium. Saunders is now 93, and 02 against the Rays. There are just some pitchers that this team owns. Jackson is 45 after overcoming a few winless starts. Longoria hit two home runs in the presence of friends and family in his native California. Speaking of Californians, the pride of Newhall, James Shields, goes up against Jered Weaver in a battle of young aces tonight. Shields already has a onehit shutout of the Angels on his record this season.
As the Rays continue to wage battles with a very good team in their house, I'll briefly pause to thank Stephanie of the Marmolade Cubs blog for giving me my first plug from another MLBlogger. Well, I plugged hers first, but it was nice of her to return the favor. So thank you again. I am now a Cubs fan. Well, after the Braves and Rays are finished with them next week, then we'll talk. It would make my mom's family proud it is my grandma’s birthday today and she does need a gift. So where are everyone else’s plugs? I’ll get another one about a year from now.
I am giving a speech, the “final project,” in my Principles of Communication class tomorrow night. I have decided to make it about the Rays' new Waterfront Stadium, which is on its way onto the St. Petersburg ballots. I'll be telling people what benefits the stadium brings to the team and the city, where the money is coming from, and that they're fascists if they vote against it. Maybe not the last part, but I could give that message a bit more indirectly.
You know what I haven't had in a while? Big League Chew.
I'll be back soon as the Rays hopefully continue to average 13 runs per game. They really do need to win by a little more than nine every game, the bullpen without Percival scares me just a bit. [/sarcasm] I write early in the morning and end up publishing random comedy. Maybe I should do it more often. Let's just say, until next time, go Rays.