Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spring Training !!!

Temperatures are approaching seventy degrees under sunny skies in Port Charlotte as pitchers and catchers report to Rays training camp.

Manager Joe Maddon and EVP Andrew Friedman met the media Thursday afternoon. In an story the two agree that the 2010 club is loaded for bear.

"We feel like we have a very talented team, the most talented team in Rays history," Friedman said. "And so with that, we feel confident we'll be able to play competitive, meaningful games in September."

At the risk of repeating myself, I’m compelled to remind my readers that the Rays will end Spring Training with an Exhibition Game against the Bulls here in Durham on April 3rd. That’s the Spring Training Showdown, 3pm, on the Saturday of Easter weekend.

Carl Crawford, David Price, James Shields, Ben Zobrist and 2009 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award Winner Evan Longoria return to the DBAP for this special event. Click here to get reacquainted with these former Bulls who made it to the show.

It will be an unforgettable afternoon. We’ll open the gates two hours early. You can watch the Rays take BP, crowd around the dugouts for an autograph, maybe catch a homer in the outfield seats!?!

The Rays are bending over backwards to play this game in the Bull City. On Friday night the Major League club has an exhibition game against the Mets in St. Pete. Saturday morning they will board a charter flight for Durham, play the Bulls and return home that evening. I get tired just thinking about it.

The Rays are traveling 1400 miles to see you. Certainly, you will make the trek to downtown Durham. Click here for ticket info.