I think I'm starting to like Chris Mason

Per Amy K. Nelson's "Spring Blog"

What a year a difference makes. Last season the Tampa clubhouse was tense and lifeless. With Elijah Dukes and Delmon Young off to other teams, it is quite the opposite this spring.

A scan around the room this morning revealed tables of players of different races playing cards and eating breakfast.

A group convened around the Bose stereo speaker and different players plugged in their iPods and shuffled music. Shortly before 9:30 a.m., the entire clubhouse gathered in a circle -- similar to when people watch street performers in New York City -- and watched non-roster invitee Chris Mason put on a show. The 23-year-old pitcher pulled his pants low, tucked in his jersey and waited for the music. As Unk's "Walk It Out" pulsed in the clubhouse, Mason bounced his dance, putting the whole place into hysterics.

I wish someone secretly You-Tubed this...

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