Friday, July 30, 2010

Maddon adds juice to Battle on the Bay

Just in case this weekend's matchup between baseball's top teams didn't have enough spice, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon added some juice to the Battle on the Bay by referencing the steroid history of Alex Rodriguez.

To be clear, it does not seem like Maddon was taking a shot at ARod. It seems like he was just stating the obvious: that ARod's admitted steroids use took the drama out of his quest for 600 home runs for most of the country. But Maddon's comments and ARod's attempt to hit the elusive blast off of one of Maddon’s pitchers ensures there will be plenty of fireworks between the New York Yankees and the Rays as they battle for first place in the American League East division.

Not that the matchup needed any more juice, as shown by the fact that Tampa Bay has sold out all three games this weekend (a major first for the organization). The best teams in baseball are a mere two games apart. Tampa Bay can't be considered an upstart or even an underdog. Rather this is going to be a battle between two very different but well-matched teams that don’t like each other very much. Should be a lot of fun.

Thanks to imagesbyferg via Wikipedia for the photo.

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