The Tampa Rays are annoying. Nothing more. They do not have a rivalry with the New York Yankees. They aren’t in the same stratosphere. Yeah, they have a 7-2 record and two-game advantage in the loss column over the 2020 AAAA Scranton Yankees — who have over half an All-Star squad in the infirmary.
These punks started puffing their chest in 2018, hitting Yankee batters at a concerning rate. To what end? Incite a brawl? Muscle in the headlines? Try to be relevant in a division with three of the most historic franchises in baseball history — and a team that doesn’t even play in this country.
HOW THE RAYS ARE EVEN STILL IN THE LEAGUE
They should add back ‘Devil’ to their team name. Our boy Flash Flaherty won’t want to hear this but the ONLY reason this organization is half-ass competitive is because they sucked so long and drafted top rated pick after top rated pick, then finally figured something out.
The MLB Amateur Draft process began in 1965, and the Tampa franchise was somehow allowed into Major League Baseball in 1996. Since ’96, The Rays have had the number one pick in the draft 4 times, and selections within the top 10 no less than 11 times. Their top picks included some household names and some familiar to only baseball diehards. Among them were Josh Hamilton (1999), Rocco Baldelli (2000), B.J. Upton (2002), Delmon Young (2003), Evan Longoria (2006), David Price (2007) and Tim Beckham (2008).
BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL
“Somebody’s got to be accountable. I’ve got a whole damn stable of guy’s that throw 98 mph! Period.”
— Rays manager Kevin Cash.
Ran across a comment on the Yankees subreddit last night, something to the effect of: “Let’s sign CC Sabathia for one day — tomorrow!” Couldn’t agree more.
Zack Britton summed it up. He said this was Chapman’s third appearance of the season. He didn’t have the benefit of pitching in actual minor league games to improve his rehab. And Britton is correct. It’s unfortunate that the Tampa organization, who can’t draw fans no matter what they do, has poisoned the waters in this matchup. Any pitch that gets away from a Yankee hurler — boom! Evil intent. Suspension and fine.
So Boone gets docked for 1 game, and Chapman for 3. This is complete horsespit. Rays manager Kevin Cash basically threatens violence — bodily harm, maybe a career-ending injury (“98mph fastballs”) … or death. But not even a slap on the wrist.
MLB better watch out. There is a growing tide of disconnection from professional sports in America. For a multitude of reasons. Some are simply a sign of the times, some are self-inflicted.
THIS DIDN’T START YESTERDAY
13 Games In Next 12 Days
Once the Tampa Tough Guys are dispatched the Yankees will be finally face off with the other division foes, Baltimore and Toronto, and hopefully resume whooping some Sawx booty.
FANTASY MLB STRATEGY FOR TODAY’S GAME
How about this? No time for due diligence on tonight’s matchup. Not that it really matters because Gumby is going to step up and get it done. Charlie Morton‘s run of ownership of pinstripe hitters has exceeded it’s sell-by date, and the Bronx Bombers will build on last evening’s victory to continue restoring order in the AL East. Take that to the bank.
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