Are we all ready for our next spring training milestone? It's the game against a rival which gets you slightly more energized for five innings before you realize none of the starters are in the game anymore!
While the real rivalry game won't come for nearly another two weeks, it's hard to deny the dislike between these two teams and their fanbases (in before the inevitable joke in the comments) after the past four years of contending Rays squads.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Nick Punto - 2B||Desmond Jennings - LF|
|Jose Iglesias - SS||B.J. Upton - CF|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Ben Zobrist - 2B|
|Adrian Gonzalez - 1B||Matt Joyce - RF|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C||Jeff Keppinger - 3B|
|Kevin Youkilis - 3B||Stephen Vogt - DH|
|Darnell McDonald - RF||Elliot Johnson - 1B|
|Juan Carlos Linares - LF||Tim Beckham - SS|
|Alex Hassan - DH||Chris Gimenez - C|
|SP -- Daniel Bard||SP -- Wade Davis|
This could be a pretty interesting night for Daniel Bard, who may very well be set to exceed his usual 1-2 innings for the first time this year. If his arm immediately falls off, there will be intense levels of smugness mixed in with all the sadness and, frankly, a fair deal of terror and shock at a man's arm falling off on live television.
But what's baseball there for if not smugness, sadness, and terror?