Tampa Bay has some extra incentive these days to put runs on the board.
Andrew Mearns of Cut4 relayed on Friday a funny pact that Rays first base coach Ozzie Timmons has with the team — for every run that they score, Timmons has to do ten pushups at the end of the inning.
The pact has apparently been in place since last season, but it has really taken off in recent days with the Rays scoring 41 runs over their last six games (all victories). Thursday’s win over the Minnesota Twins was particularly taxing for Timmons with Tampa plating 14 runs in total.
The Rays now have the third-best record in baseball at 35-19, which means that at this rate we can likely expect Timmons to be looking like Ed Hochuli by the end of the season.