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Nationals P Henry Rodriguez nearly nails himself with a wild pitch (Video)

Henry-Rodriguez-wild-pitchWashington Nationals pitcher Henry Rodriguez came dangerously close to having to charge the mound on himself on Sunday during a game against the Cincinnati Reds. In the top of the 8th inning, the right-hander threw a wild pitch. Oftentimes wild pitches lead to bench-clearing brawls. If Rodriguez’s wild pitch came any closer to his own head, he may have been forced to punch himself in the face.

As you can see, Rodriguez bounced a pitch into the dirt and it somehow came back and almost landed on his head. I don’t know if that’s ever happened before, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it. Fortunately, he was able to keep his cool. It was an accident. I think he understood that.

H/T Deadspin

Rays lose on disputed strike call on Ben Zobrist (Video)

The Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Texas Rangers 5-4 Monday on a dispute strike called on Ben Zobrist to end the game.

The count was full as Joe Nathan was facing Zobrist with a man on first and two outs in the top of the ninth. Nathan threw a breaking ball that dipped down and appeared to tail out of the strike zone. Home plate umpire Marty Foster thought it was a strike and called out Zobrist to end the game.

Rays manager Joe Maddon couldn’t believe the call. He came running out of the dugout to plead with Foster as the fireworks went off at the Ballpark in Arlington. He got in the umpire’s face, but it was no use. Nathan was credited for his 300th career save, and all Maddon could do was vent after the game.

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David Price giving away 100 free tickets to Rays opener

Those who are planning to purchase tickets to the Tampa Bay Rays season opener against the Baltimore Orioles on April 2 can still do so through the team’s ticket office, but you might want to hold off until tomorrow. David Price has 100 tickets that he is planning to give away to folks who are in the Tampa area on Thursday.

Price made the announcement on Wednesday morning and told his followers that it would be smart to wear their Rays gear around the Tampa area tomorrow. He has retweeted a few people who talked about wanting the tickets, but said that he will decide on a time and place on Thursday.


Athletes giving away tickets on Twitter never gets old, especially with all the stupid stuff we are used to seeing on social media from most of them. Price is not the first nor the second athlete to do something like this, but that doesn’t make the offer any less generous.

H/T Hardball Talk

Rays rookies dress like girls and sing ‘Call Me Maybe’ for hazing (Video)

The Rays veterans may end up taking the cake this season for most humiliating form of rookie hazing. During their recent road trip to Boston, the Rays rookies were forced to dress up in leotards and wigs and put on a performance of the popular pop song “Call Me Maybe” in front of the Green Monster at Fenway.

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the gentleman you hear yelling “Get it girls! Get it girls!” is David Price. The stunt was reportedly the brainchild of James Shields, who also forced players who are not technically rookies — but came into the season with less than a full year of major league experience under their belts —  to participate.

We thought the torture the Marlins put their rookies through in Times Square was brutal, but the Rays may have topped it this week.

Rays fail to turn double play after ball goes through Jeff Keppinger’s glove (Video)

Players make errors all the time. Both physical and mental miscues are a part of the game on a daily basis. Equipment malfunctions — not so much. They do happen, however, as the Rays reminded us during their game against the Royals on Monday night.

In the bottom of the sixth with Tampa Bay leading 5-1 and runners on first and second, a ground ball was hit to short for what appeared to be an easy double play opportunity. The Rays executed the turn to perfection, but the relay throw to first went right through the webbing of Jeff Keppinger’s glove at first. Instead of having two outs with a runner on third, the Royals then had runners on the corners with only one out. Fortunately for Tampa, they got out of the inning anyway and managed to preserve their 5-1 lead the entire way.

We have seen some bizarre plays this season that involve sparks coming out of cleats, but a perfect throw going directly through a first baseman’s glove could be a first for 2012.

H/T Big League Stew

Tampa Bay Rays unveil 1979 ‘throwback’ uniforms (Photo)

What you’re looking at above is Joe Madden proudly modeling the 1979 throwback uniform that the Rays will be wearing for their game against the Tigers on June 30. Now, I know what you’re thinking: The Rays began play in only 1998, and even then they were called the Devil Rays. You would be correct on both accounts. So what gives? Did something suddenly go horribly wrong with the space-time continuum? (Damn it, McFly!) Well, not quite.

It turns out these are “hypothetical” throwbacks that the Rays made up just for their “Turn Back the Clock Night” next week. Why a team younger than Justin Bieber is doing a “Turn Back the Clock Night” for 1979 is beyond me. But at least the Rays are doing it right. Those jerseys scream 1970’s just as much as shag carpet does.

H/T Hot Clicks
Photo via Jonathan Gantt

Rays wore all white for road trip (Picture)

The Tampa Bay Rays know it’s not Labor Day yet, so they decided to get their white clothing in while they had a chance. Yup, for the team’s road trip from New York to Miami, they wore all white. Manager Joe Maddon even wore a bow tie for Dhani Jones like he did last time. Here’s a closer picture of it:

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