I don’t know if anyone has heard but the Rays have only the voters of St. Pete to get their new state of the art ballpark. Being from the Bay Area I have always wanted the Rays to play outdoors and now it is almost a reality. Potentially opening in 2012, I will be back in the area and WILL have season tickets. Not saying that if I wasn’t there now I wouldn’t, but I love baseball in it’s purest form. On real grass, a view of the sky, and most importantly the sunshine.
Some questions have been floating around about if an outdoor stadium is right for the Bay Area and the Rays. I say, look at Steinbrenner Field (formally Legends Field) home of the Tampa Yankees (Single A farm team affiliated with the New York Yankees), they have an awesome atmosphere at the ballpark and weather has really never been an issue. I like the proposed idea of a “sail” retractable roof and the view of the bay from the seats. The potential homerun ball landing in the bay is intriguing also. I just love that the Rays are hopefully getting out of the Trop to a beautiful new ballpark.
Honestly, I just wish I could be there for opening day…
Well, a six game winning streak, phenomenal pitching from starters and the pen, run support, as a fan I can’t ask for more. What is even better is that Ray’s starters have won four of the six games, which means the Rays are getting run support…. And… Alright, I’m gonna slow down.
To start off, starting pitching has had one of the best stretches for the Rays since I can remember. Let me throw some numbers at you: 12 runs, 15 walks, 28 hits, and 22 strikeouts in the 40.1 combined innings pitched. I don’t know about you but for me that is compareable with some of the best teams in baseball over the past six games. It has also propelled the Rays into a three way tie with the Red Sox (whom the Rays just swept in their past three game series) and Orioles (who they will be starting off a nine game road trip with on Tuesday).
The Rays hitters have also been helping out their starters by giving them just enough run support. They have collectively contributed 18 runs when their starters went on to get the win. The team batting average was less than spectacular at .255 but taking under consideration some of the opposing pitching (Litsch, Halladay, Wakefield, Buchholz, and Beckett) they have faced, two of which are the staff Aces and one a future Ace, the Rays hitters did what they had to do.
I think that got the whole thing started was the trip to Disney’s World Wide of Sports complex where they are yet to lose. This winning streak has people talking and hopefully the Rays can keep the ball rolling. Or should I say flying…