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Wow, what an opener eh? The Rays came out guns a blazing during Monday’s opening night contest. Perhaps the Rays were amped up from the banner ceremony, full house and the great Michael Buffer MC’ing the opening festivities. Who wouldn’t be pumped up when being introduced by the great Michael Buffer (laugh track)?
Anyways, what a great 2009 debut for BJ Upton. Upton was everywhere on the field Monday night. Upton had an amazing catch in CF, a beautiful bunt single, 3 walks and 2 stolen bags. Upton brings that electricity to the lineup that makes the Rays lineup one of the best in baseball. This lineup has so much flexibility and so much speed, when one of these guys get on base (Crawford, Upton) the catcher better get his arm loose.
Kazmir had a real nice start for the Rays. Kaz pitched into the 7th and left with 100 pitches under his belt. Kazmir would have probably finished the inning but I think Madden wanted to get Kaz the long walk back to the dugout to the sound of a standing ovation. Mission accomplished.
So is this what we can expect this season? Great offense, solid pitching? I hope so. As long as the Rays don’t encounter any significant injuries for long amounts of time, they will be in this race until the end unless they are the ones way ahead come October. For now, the Rays can take series after series and prove the critics that they aren’t a fluke and they are here to stay. Until next time.


Steve