Then the wheels started turning. While I’d still like to see Freese suit up in navy, columbia blue, white and gold, I realized we already have a guy like him. That guy is Johnny Damon.
Don’t laugh…I’m serious. I know that Damon’s numbers can’t compare to what Freese put up this season. But like Freese, Johnny is playing for his hometown team and relishes the chance to do so. Add in the megawatt smiles we see from each of these guys, and it felt natural for me to make a connection between Freese and Damon. It didn’t hurt that I’d already labeled Freese my “postseason crush” and called Damon my “perfect storm.”
I’m not one to stop a thought before it’s done processing, so I decided to give Dad a call and bounce a few ideas off of him. While our offseason has been underway for two weeks, I think us Rays fans could have a little fun comparing our guys against the ones who will play in the World Series.
Evan Longoria and Adrian Beltre
- Tampa Bay’s third baseman had 483 at-bats before the postseason began this year. Beltre, who plays third for Texas, had 487 at-bats in the regular season. Longoria hit 31 homers and had 99RBIs. Beltre knocked 32 out of the park and drove in 105 runs.
- Each man has won two Gold Gloves for his work at third base.
Ben Zobrist and Michael Young
- Zobrist’s offensive stats can’t stack up against Young’s, but the two players are alike defensively. Tampa Bay’s Zobrist and Texas’ Young will play just about anywhere their team needs them.
David Price and C.J. Wilson
- David Price (12-13, 3.49) struggled a bit this season and there were plenty of times when the offense didn’t support him. C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94) had a fantastic regular season, but has had a rocky postseason thus far. He’s 0-2 in three starts with an 8.04 ERA. But these southpaws are united by more than a few rough starts.
- They’re both MEGA tweeters and are great about interacting with their fans online. You can follow Price here and keep up with the Texas starter Wilson here. » Continue reading “Shades Of Rays: Seeing Tampa Bay In The World Series”