OK, let’s talk a bit more baseball.
First and foremost (I always wanted to start a sentence with that phrase 😉 ), we have the Tampa Bay Rays. What about the Rays, you might be asking? Well, the Rays just finished sweeping poor Toronto out of their own park. Sad… for Toronto, anyway. Also, the Evil Empire, as pal PsiCop from Miscellanea Agnostica is wont to call those damned Yankees, won a couple this weekend against their nemesis, the Red Sox. What this means is:
… there is a BIG scruffy blue thing nipping on your asses, Boston. 😉
In other Tampa Bay Rays news… sort of, anyway… Much loved ex-Ray Carlos Pena is released by Houston? WTF? Is Houston planning on residing in the AL West cellar for the long haul? Carlos was one of the few guiding veterans on that team. Now, let’s be honest here, Houston does have some talented young players, but there’s often a need for a more mature viewpoint in that locker room. Carlos provided that stability and focus, I believe. He did so admirably when he was with the Rays. I guess it’s a $$$ thing. It usually is with just about anything these days.
Here’s an idea… since the Rays are on the way to another World Series match (against the Pirates, I’m hoping), let’s bring Carlos back as a DH/1B for the rest of the season. This way, he can be home in the place he loves and is loved and he can get himself a nice World Series ring (a winning one, this time). It would be nice if the Rays organization did this for Carlos and then allowed him a happy retirement. The Rays can always chuck Brandon Gomes off the roster to make room for Carlos. What the hell? The Rays are known for chucking Gomeses, anyway. 😦
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