After getting my head taped back together, I went to the Trop to see the Rays play the Royals.
KC isn't as big a draw as the Bosox and a 4th of July 5pm game crowd wasn't that big (16,000 I think) but the cheap seats were filled with kids and babies.
And there was no letdown by the home guys, beating the Royals 11-2. Edwin Jackson pitched 8 innings of two-hit ball. Carlos Pena drove in 5 runs with a 3-run homer, a single and a sac fly. Even shortstop Reid Brignac got on base and scored in his big league debut.
There are challenges ahead. Our closer went on the DL again, look for the Rays to trade for one. There are a lot of road games.
And will the Rays, who on July 4th are 13 wins away from matching their total for all of 2007, choke in September?
There is only one way to find out. All I know is that for the first time ever no one here cares about the Bucs training camp.