LADY AT THE BAT: Time To Put The "Devil" Back in Rays

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Time To Put The "Devil" Back in Rays

The first of many 2008 meetings between the Rays and Yankees proved to be an eventful one on two counts:

First, the collision at home plate which left Yankee catching prospect Francisco Cervelli with a broken wrist. Joe Girardi said it was uncalled for in a Spring Training game and Elliot Johnson, the "perpetrator," said he was just trying to play hard and impress his manager. While Girardi has a point, so does Johnson, in my opinion. It is too early for a runner to go barreling into homeplate as Johnson did, but it's also up to a young player to do whatever it takes to make a team out of Spring Training. That doesn't include breaking someone's wrist, but Johnson wasn't trying to do that. He was trying to score.

Second, top draft pick David Price made his Spring Training debut yesterday. After hitting the very first batter, Price struck out Shelley Duncan, Jason Lane and Wilson Betamit. His pitch speed topped out at 99 mph. Very impressive, but we've yet to see what he can do against the likes of Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez. That'll probably happen in September, unless Price turns out to be another Joba Chamberlain.

So I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to stop calling this team the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

The Lady

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