Manny Ramirez & Johnny Damon are excited about joining -- and leading -- the young Rays team. Well I should hope so! With Joe Maddon & his plaid blazers and team Mohawks, I can just see the guys getting batting helmets with dreds pre-attached. Nah, they wouldn't... would they?
I was really enjoying looking at the new incarnation of the Rays depth chart -- holy cow! What a great starting rotation, great guys on the field, nice bullpen, awesome DH options, and they're already making Damon the lead-off hitter like I suggested. (Andrew, we could use a closer!!)
If you look closely, you'll see that Boston has a pretty good team with a pretty good pitching staff. They'll be the guys to beat this year. Yankees have a great fielding team and a potentially great bullpen, with incredible closers. It's the starting pitchers we're concerned with. Blue Jays had that incredible spoiler run last year with all the HRs, but they are not mega-threats. Now the Orioles have peeled off a wad of bills this year and bought some really good players to go with their young phenoms; if they all get together and act like a team, they could do some damage in the A.L. East. I'm picking Sox and Rays, but with injuries, it could easily go Rays and Sox.
Cash-man was talking in the Times today about Yanks being the Wild Card team behind the Sox, but that is not going to happen. He tactfully did not mention the Rays because he knows his team is going to have to climb over them again and again this season and he plain loses his appetite when he sees David Price as the Rays #1 ace. This is going to be one interesting season. I noticed that Carlos is lost over there in Cubsville, Garza yeah, but not much else, and playing for the losingest team. Too bad....