The Boys of Summer

The Tampa Bay Rays have the best record in the MLB. They’re KICKING MAJOR ASS!

This is it folks. It’s not just a pipe dream. The Rays made it to the World Series two years ago. To show that it wasn’t just a fluke, they’re showing the baseball world right now that these young guys are out there to make things happen. The bats have been hot. Even overpaid Pat Burrell is nearly earning his millions. Ain’t it great! The Rays are comin’ atcha’!

I’ve been a baseball fan since I was a little kid. I wish I still had all those Topps baseball cards that were in that shoebox in my closet back then. When the Rays (AKA Devil Rays) first appeared in the Tampa Bay area, I tried to get over to St. Petersburg (across the Bay from me here in Tampa) as often as I could to watch the games live. I love to support the Rays. Unfortunately, that trip to the Trop (Tropicana Field) isn’t too convenient for me nor do I have the funds this year to spend on that stuff, so it’s radio for me.

It’s just like the old days. I was out in my workshop last Saturday evening listening to the game on the radio out there while I wiped/reformatted/reinstalled Win XP on a friend’s system. Are you old enough to remember baseball on the radio? It was an every day thing back when I was a kid. Of course, back then you could catch quite a few games on broadcast television. Those days are gone, sadly. About the only time you’ll see a regular season game on broadcast (not cable, not satellite) television nowadays is on Fox’s Saturday afternoon game of the week. That’s it. One game a week on TV these days. Man, that sucks. Baseball used to be everyone’s favorite pastime. Not so anymore, I guess.

Back to the Rays, though…

There are some of the veterans from the ’08 team still there, but there are also some new faces. All are putting forth some impressive efforts so far this season. It’s early, though. I’m confident they’ll continue to do well. They’re a young team with a fabulous manager (Joe Maddon) and a coaching staff. I’m looking forward to a spectacular season and an exciting run to the Series! It’s gonna’ be a blast!


If you have a team near you, go on out there and take in a game one afternoon. Have a dog and a beer. It’ll bring back some great memories of simpler times and pleasures.

Until next time…


P. S. Keep ol’ Bob Uecker in your thoughts as he goes in for heart surgery shortly. Bob is the voice of the Milwaukee Brewers. He’s been in baseball in one way or another for over 50 years.

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  • MALsPa  On April 29, 2010 at 08:20

    The season is still SO young! Still April! 21 games down, 141 games to go! I don’t take a good look at the standings until the All-Star game is coming up.

    Still, I’m pulling for any team that can give the Yanks trouble… Keep it up, Tampa Bay!

    I lived in Phoenix for a long time, took in quite a few D’Backs games. Loved it when they beat the Yanks in the Series.

    Now living in Albuquerque. No MLB here, but the Albuquerque Isotopes play in one of the best minor league stadiums in the country — great place to take in a ball game! Got to see Ichiro and the Mariners vs. the Rockies in a couple of exhibition Spring Training games here this year!

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On April 29, 2010 at 13:34

      Hi MALsPa,

      Yeah, you gotta’ understand though, that as Rays fans, we spent so many years “living in hope and dying in despair”. When a season like this is happening, we’re ecstatic about it! Weeeeeeee!

      Good to see there’s another baseball fan out there somewhere! 🙂


  • Jim @ crm solutions  On April 30, 2010 at 18:01

    It’s a good point, but lets hope they don’t burn out half way through and keep up this superb start.

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On April 30, 2010 at 22:37

      Hi Jim! Yup. They need to pace themselves, that’s for sure.

      Of course, I actually got to watch a game tonight instead of just listening on the radio. I jinxed them by watching, I guess. They lost to the Royals after a late game almost rally.

      Oh well, can’t win ’em all.

      Thanks for the read and the comments!


  • PsiCop  On May 11, 2010 at 05:43

    As a Red Sox fan I’d be lying if I said I wished the Rays “good luck.” My own team has hit the skids this year … monumentally. In fact, the season is very likely over for them already.

    But that aside, it’s good to see a team that was once a cellar-dweller doing as well as they are, over the last few years. (I know the Rays didn’t make the playoffs in 2009, but their record was still much better than it had been, pre-2008.)

    As a rule I’m against the idea that certain teams should always dominate a sport and that certain others should always be at the end of the pack. It’s good for a sport to have increased parity, to have its “power structure” shaken up now and then.

    Of course, the sports media LOVE “dynasties,” and they like the idea that, in order to cover a sport, they only need to deal with a handful of teams. It’s easier on them. So they play up this notion and run with it for all it’s worth. But it isn’t good for any given sport, and it’s not good for the majority of a sport’s fans.

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On May 11, 2010 at 13:08

      Hi Psi…

      I wouldn’t count the BoSox out that easily. Us folks down here in Tampa have learned to never count them out too soon. Besides… there’s LOTS of baseball left to play. The BoSox are famous for late season comebacks. I’m rootin’ fer ya… as long as you guys are playing them damned Yankees. 😉

      It’s definitely a joy to see the Rays in the #1 spot… definitely a treat for this long-time fan.

      Thanks for stopping by.



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