In this blog, I will be talking about September baseball and a weird baseball season for our Rays plus an interview with Rays Live Reporter Kelly Nash!
September baseball. So much fun to watch when your team’s prospects are brought up. Some of the regulars get some much needed rest for the postseason. And fantasy baseball playoffs have started. Unfortunately, for our Tampa Bay Rays we will be celebrating with champagne, smiles, and selfies. We will cheering our team on and thanking them for a very good effort this season as we look forward to getting to where we should be next season, the postseason of course.
This season has been rather interesting of course, better described as a roller coaster. From that 1-14 stretch from May 26th to June 11th to going 11-1 from July 12th to July 29th. From Matt Moore’s unfortunate injury to the emergence to Alex Cobb being the leader of the rotation. From David Price being traded in the MLB trading deadline July 31st to newly acquired Drew Smyly going 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA as a Ray. Lastly, from Wil Myers injury to the emergence of outfield superstars in Brandon Guyer and Kevin Kiermaier.
The main focus heading into the offseason into the 2015 season is offense. The Rays lead the league in strikeouts and rank 23rd in runs and 22nd in RBIs. If you have watched more than at least 10 games this season, I’m sure you have seen that the Rays have not been able to bring in the runners on base. It’s been an issue all season long. Not sure if the Rays head toward firing Derek Shelton or bring in another hitting coach to assist him but whatever it is they need help there.
Over the past month, since my last blog, the Rays have seen good things from Yunel Escobar in that two home run game to Nathan Karns seven shutout innings outing in Toronto. Luckily, the Rays have been pretty good on the road recording an above .500 record since 2012 being the last time that was done.
1.) Thoughts on fan interaction with sports:
“The business of sports begins with the fans. My role, and the role of any sports journalist, is based on a need to get information to the fans. Fan interaction should be nurtured, supported, and appreciated. Always. Without fans, we would not have sports. It's reality.”
2.) Favorite time of year in baseball season:
“The postseason!!! The intensity, the pressure, the play, and the vibes are all elevated. Baseball has the longest road to the postseason and despite the 162-game grind, the players find a renewed source of energy to compete from. It's magical, really.”
3.) Atmosphere like working for Rays:
“The Rays are one of the most respectful, friendly, funny, and just chill group of guys to be around. A very easy going environment. Add that to a first-class front office. My job is too easy!!!”
4.) Best/worst interview you've done:
“I can't call out my worst!!! Hahah!!! Nice try though. Any interview with our starting 5 seems to be my best because they are just honest, candid, and open. A quality group that delivers quality responses. I appreciate it.”
5.) Favorite thing about Rays nation as a whole from organization to players to fans:
“Rays Nation is interesting because of the newness of this club. My favorite thing about Rays Nation is that they are always the underdog. And I love the underdog. From fan support to salary to history this club has not been around very long, and always seems to find themselves making history. “
6.) Favorite hobby?
“I love, love, love to travel. I'd love to just drive to the airport one day, pick a flight to a city I've never been to, and hop on. Figure it out from there. How cool would that be?! Maybe one day... “
7.) Favorite meal and beverage?
“A nice filet steak (cooked medium hehe) with asparagus, a spinach salad, and macaroni and cheese would have to be tops on my list. As far as a bevvy goes, I drink mostly water. Sometimes with a little Crystal Light. Lameeee. I know.”
8.) Childhood favorite baseball player?
“I had Cal Ripkin Jr and Derek Jeter posters on my wall growing up so I would have to say either of them. You can't pick from two greats, can you? I also loved watching A.J. Burnett.”
9.) Favorite movie and line from it? (Got this question from your interview with Odorizzi)
I would have to say Angels in the Outfield is pretty high up there and you have to love the "Hey, it could happen!" line. Whenever this flick is on TV my friend Tex never fails to let me know!!
10.) What drives you to become who you are today and want to accomplish later on in life?
“I've often thought about inner drive. What creates it? Where does it come from? I think inner drive is something you're born with. There was never a backup plan for me in my mind when I envisioned my life at a very early age. I made a plan and stuck with it. We'll see what else I can dream up and focus on, right?:)”
I am an avid sports fan, and my favorite sport of all is baseball. Baseball is my true love and passion. The rays have become my favorite team for the dedications the organization has to become successful. All the players and coaches and executives of the organization are people I look up to and someday I hope to become a MLB general manager for any of the 30 teams. I hope everyone that reads my blog enjoys what's on it and if there are any questions, comments or concerns. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org