Baseball, to be honest, is going through a rough patch in the Tampa Bay area and might turn to a lost cause. This is not talking about the Rays franchise itself, but talking about the community support that is lacking here in this area. Tampa Bay has declared itself one of the prime destinations for spring training ever since the beginning of the 20th century. Many franchises like the Yankees and the Phillies that consider the Tampa Bay area its spring home. About 18 years ago, Vince Namoli bid to become the newest Major League Baseball franchise which is known as the Tampa Bay Rays.
The huge tourism support for spring training here in the area is the reason why Tampa Bay fans were awarded to watch Major League Baseball year-round instead of just one month.
When the award occurred, they already had a stadium built. The stadium was built years prior to the franchise and to today’s standard it is an outdated, boring, and unattractive stadium known as Tropicana Field. From the first pitch that occurred in 1998 to now in 2013, attendance has always been an issue with this ballclub, whether the team was good or not, people didn’t come to the stadium. The exception was two years, both 1998 which ranked number 14 and in 2009 which was ranked number 23. Continue reading
Since the start of football season sports teams in the state of Florida have taken quite a few bruises. Up until this past weekend the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were both winless and the Miami Dolphins have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Aside from Florida State football most fans in the Sunshine State have needed something to bring up their spirits. Well, on Monday those fans received news that they can finally be proud of: Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, Wil Myers, and Miami Marlins pitcher, Jose Fernandez, were named Rookies of the Year.
Myers won the American League ROY award by receiving 23 first-place votes and Fernandez won the National League ROY award with 26 first-place votes.
Myers was acquired in the offseason from the Kansas City Royals for James Shields and Wade Davis, and came to Tampa Bay with lofty expectations.
Myers won the award after batting .293 with 13 homers, 53 RBI and 23 doubles, in only 88 games. Myers became the first AL rookie to win the award despite playing in fewer than 100 games. Perhaps the most important aspect of Wil Myers’ season was Tampa Bay’s record after his call-up on June 16. The Rays went 56-38 and made the postseason after he joined the team. Continue reading
The Tampa Bay Rays marched into Arlington and beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 behind David Price’s masterful complete game performance on the last day of the regular season. Evan Longoria provided another heroic showing on the final game of the season to lead the Rays to their fourth playoff birth in the last six years.
The Rays jumped out to an early one-run lead in the first inning after Delmon Young hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. Rangers’ starter Martin Perez wiggled out of trouble but the Rays provided Price with an early lead.
The lead was padded in the third inning after Longoria belted an opposite field two-run homerun with two outs.
The Rangers got a run back in the third inning when Craig Gentry lead off with a single and was driven home by Ian Kinsler, but Price had begun to settle down on the mound.
In the sixth inning Evan Longoria doubled and advanced to third, pinch-hitter David DeJesus also doubled down the right field line to give the Rays a 4-1 lead and that was all the run support that David Price required. Texas got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Elvis Andrus singled and stole second. Alex Rios doubled high of the left field wall to once again cut the Rays lead to two but Price settled down and got out of the inning without any further damage. Continue reading