In covering yesterday’s surprise Tampa Bay Rays’ trading ace David Price to the Detroit Tigers, USA Today Sports’ MLB writer Mark Whicker reported this morning that Tampa Bay fans deserve better.
Really, Mark? The Tampa Bay Rays players may deserve better, but Tampa Bay area sports fans?
Are you serious? Before making such a bold claim, did you take the time to check out the pathetic attendance figures involving Tampa Bay area sports teams?
Last week Boston Red Sox fans clucked when retired icon Carl Yastrzemski called current designated hitter David Ortiz the second best hitter in franchise history.
Yaz’s claim that Ortiz’s hitting prowess should be ranked above him and only behind the legendary Splendid Splinter Ted Williams surprised most baseball purists
However, no one outside New England with any knowledge of America’s pastime would argue if any MLB player, retired or current, would refer to Ortiz as baseball’s, and not just the Boston Red Sox’s, biggest blowhard.
There are times when baseball totally confuses me.
The sport’s preoccupation with statistics, oddball injuries, unwritten rules, quirky traditions and abnormally long games flummox me.
However, the recent rash of media coverage surrounding the supposed “brawl” between Boston’s David Ortiz and Tampa Bay’s David Price has caused my baseball cup of angst to boil over.
Baseball rhubarbs are just another totally confusing and absolutely irritating thing to add to our American pastime’s vexing scorecard.
Tampa Bay area sports fans deserve better.
Oft maligned over the years as a second rate sports town for its inferior sports venues, the Tampa Bay area has struck again with the soccer pitch its North American Soccer League franchise calls home.
And, it’s not the fans’ fault.
What a difference a year makes in West Central Florida! Late last Summer Tampa Bay area baseball fans fell foolishly for the Cinderella story surrounding their once woeful Rays. Nightly, cowbell carrying crazies crammed the Trop, wildly rooting for the … Continue reading