All those with your Longoria hound-doggin’ stories, let loose in the comments!
One thing that makes it more special then it already was, Braden did it against a team in the Tampa Bay Rays that have a potent lineup, and it’s a team whom I think will win it all this year. A lot of people this morning are questioning Evan Longoria’s baseball etiquette for trying to bunt his way on to start out the 5th inning. While I didn’t see the play, this is absolutely fair game.
There are a lot of old farts who aren’t coming out to see this 18-7 Rays team play. It’s just brutal on their part. These guys are the best team in baseball, and it’s honestly not even close. I think when it’s all said and done, they’ll be one of the best teams that we have seen in the past 20 years. There is no reason for this team to not sell out every ballgame.
I’m just pissed I don’t live within a state or two of Tampa or a weekend trip would be in order. That said, they’re making me wonder about MLB Extra Innings Package on satellite. I hate missing this team play on any given night.
Just fix the fucking glitches that make it unplayable. “Longoria rose out of “a stable of guys” the team works with throughout the years in a role that is part consultation, part audition. Longoria also worked with 2K through a local GameStop tournament last year, helping his candidacy. Snyder wouldn’t name any of the other ballplayers in the consulting pool when I asked, but did say they were there because of their willingness to contribute. “We touch base with these guys throughout the season, picking their brains on baseball, asking them if they would be willing and able to jump in and help critique the game, and tell us what he’d like to see changed,” Snyder said. “When you’ve got an athlete willing to lend time and expertise, that’s a big deal.” [Kotaku.com]
Rays Report with confirmation of Longoria being the MLB 2k10 cover boy.
The Colorado Rockies win streak is no more. Halted at 11 games after a 12-4 loss last night in Coors Field, and there’s no shame in it. The Rays have now won 6 games in a row and if they can continue this, they’re going to be the talk of all of baseball.
Last night the Rays set a team record with 11 extra-base hits. Highlighting that charge was a solo home run by Evan Longoria, his 15th of the season. If this guy gets on track not only will be in any conversation about the MVP award in the American League, but the Rays are going to be spoken for in the AL East; baseball’s best division.
This is a team we could really get behind. They’re absolutely loaded. And they haven’t begun to put it all together yet. If they could double the winning streak they’ve already achieved, this will be the team that no one in the league wants to see on the schedule. They might already be that team in fact.
Ben Zobrist, Jason Bartlett, Carlos Pena, B.J. Upton, Carl Crawford, plus all the pitching and the aforementioned Longoria? These guys are loaded. How can you not love Joe Maddon, just a little bit? The upstart Rays are just getting started we have a feeling, and the rest of the baseball world will feel the shock waves as a result.
ESPN the Magazine did a feature story on Evan Longoria, and if you missed it; there were some good quotes. The Mag picked an excellent time to do a story on this guy, because he’s raking everything thrown over the dish at the moment.
Longoria is currently hitting at a .358 clip with 11 home runs and 44 RBI. He’s 23 years old and has been in the big leagues for just about a year. After what he did in the postseason last year he was already on the map. Now he’s got a chance to become one of the legendary players in the history of the game if he can continue driving in runs at this Ruthian pace.
There’s a lot to like about this kid, but the biggest is that he isn’t a primadonna in the slightest.
“He impressed me from Day One,” says leftfielder Carl Crawford. “Somebody must’ve schooled him before he got up here, because he definitely carried himself well. If you’d watched him last year, you would’ve guessed that he’d been in the big leagues for 10 years. He fit right in. He doesn’t want to be the guy with a lot of talent everybody hates. It was refreshing to see someone with that kind of talent act that way.”
The Rays have assembled what should be the envy of every organization in the league who is rebuilding. At the centerpiece of that core is their star young headliner Longoria. The possibilities for this player and this franchise are endless, and he’s going to end up getting numerous posts on this blog because he’s going to be good for a long, long time.
Evan Longoria is your American League rookie of the year. Geovany Soto took it for the National League. It marks the first such award for the Rays in their 11-year history; OF Delmon Young finished second in the voting in 2007. [The Heater]
The final vote came in, and the final vote says that a man from Tampa and a man from Milwaukee have been voted into the All-Star game over players from New York (Jason Giambi and David Wright).
If you’re a Rays fan, could you be any happier? Your team is in first place and your young star (who’s locked up long term) just was selected to the All-Star Game during his rookie season. I could only wish the same thing for Jay Bruce and the Reds next season.
“He earned it,” Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. “He made a strong push in the last month. It’s quite a testament to him.”
As for Corey Hart and the Brewers, it’s more of the same really. Brewers get C.C. Sabathia and have a new emerging core player in Hart headed to represent them in the game other than starter Ryan Braun. The Brewers are hot on the tails of the Cubbies and hold the top share in the Wildcard Race right now. They’re one of the hottest organizations in baseball. It’s good to be a Milwaukee fan.
And really, this vote shows the effect of the internet age. The trend right now is these two players/teams/cities. They excite the fans of the game, thus influencing those individuals to log on and vote in abundance because they want to see them play on the grandest stage. That’s alright with us. Except we’re a little jealous for our guys.
Of course we heard of that message board conspiracy theory between Rays fans and Milwaukee fans that went something like: ‘you vote for our guy, we will vote for yours’. We don’t buy it.
Tampa Bay has swept the mighty world champion Red Sox. They’re the talk of Major League Baseball, and as we saw Evan Longoria rip that big go ahead double last night into the gap at that carpet house known as Tropicana Field, we knew that they’d be the toast of baseball by this morning. And they were.
We don’t necessarily think the Rays are better than the Red Sox, we’re not that naive. But we do think that they’re peaking. This is as hot as the Rays will be maybe ever. Okay, maybe not ever, but they’re 52-32 and 3 1/2 games up on the rest of the division. This is just like when those 1994 Expos (who would have lost to the ’94 Indians in the World Series anyway) ran away with things with a bunch of kids that played care-free and exciting baseball. This is that kind of team.
Lets just hope these Rays win before their window closes. It will come without warning. Enjoy your place on the top of baseball’s throne, Tampa fans.