Tropicana Field, Part Do? Tampa Bay’s Tug-Of-War continues

My mother and I moved to Tampa when I was 12 years old.  It was a lot like when Daniel LaRusso and his mom moved from New Jersey to Reseda except I didn’t have a magical karate coach and I Continue reading

The bat flip redux

I was at my local YMCA doing my best to break a sweat on the nearest elliptical machine when I saw it right there on the mini-TV in front of me: Jose Bautista’s code-violating, Goose Gossage-irritating, ethically-questionable, racially-profiled bat flip. Continue reading

Progress: No longer trapped at the Trop, Rays free to look for new home

There’s a Major League Baseball stadium that nobody goes to.  It’s about 38 miles from my house. A pretty good and consistently competitive baseball team plays there.  That team is the Tampa Bay Rays.  That stadium is Tropicana Field. 38 Continue reading

The grass is always greener, aka, why every trade is an uncertainty until it’s not

I’m going to use an example of a trade between two otherwise unknown baseball players to prove a point. Last week, the Tampa Bay Rays traded away reliever Jake McGee to the Colorado Rockies for an outfielder named Corey Dickerson. Continue reading

SportsChump meets and greets Rays brass

I landed an invite to the 2015 Tampa Bay Rays Meet and Greet this week.  The players weren’t present as they had just finished beating up the Blue Jays in a pre-season game a few towns over.  Instead, those representing Continue reading

Anything is possible… unless it’s not: Rays’ roster now regrettably unrecognizable

“Anything is possible!” In 2008, Kevin Garnett shouted those words minutes after winning his first and only title as an NBA big man.  Earlier that season, he and Ray Allen defected from their franchises to join Paul Pierce and others Continue reading

Chumpservations, Vol. 33: Timothy, Marshawn, Jameis, Giancarlo, William and the cure to end attendance woes

I woke up from a blissful slumber the other afternoon to find an online headline that read…  “Tim Tebow Caught In Controversial Photo.” My imagination raced. Could the saintly Tim Tebow have posed nude for someone back in his Gainesville Continue reading

Those who can’t pitch, rap: The curious case of the man who can’t throw

I like making fun of people.  I mean, what’s the point of running a sports blog if you can’t blast the ones you love? This time around, it’s Fitty Cent’s turn… again. We’ve already questioned his courtside seating arrangements although, Continue reading