I have read some insanely ridiculous comments by people lately, also. While most of the things that I have read have been written by someone who obviously either a) knows nothing about baseball, or b) knows nothing about the Rays and just now hopped on the bandwagon. This topic of Upton only hustling when he wants to needs to be dropped right now. It is asinine to think we would be a better team without BJ Upton in the line up and in center field. He has single handedly saved games with numerous amazing catches. Not to mention his OBP and the ability to steal bases at will.
Everyone needs to remember a few things. The Tampa Bay Rays were not picked to win the division. Not even making the playoffs. If you've been a Rays fan for a while, you will know that most of us expected around 80 wins and we would have been ecstatic with that! The fact that it is going on August 7th, and the Rays have the 2nd best record in baseball, means that we don't have a whole lot we should be complaining about. But suddenly, we're cocky like we've been a top tier team for years.
Sure, Carlos Pena is only hitting in the .230's. But he's also saved a number of games with his glove, and has played Gold Glove defense all year.
Sure Carl Crawford hasn't hit to his potential this year, but in my eyes, he has improved his defense making some spectacular catches. Not to mention a large number of RBI and triples.
Scott Kazmir can't get through the 5th inning. But how many games has he started that we lost? Seemingly all of our starters, with a few naturally rough games aside, have put their team in a position to win the game every night out.
If you really want to complain about anybody on a baseball team that is 68 - 45, then you're just looking for a reason to be angry. This shouldn't become a BJ versus Joe Maddon situation. Maybe they both handled this situation wrong. But remember they are on the same side. And as far as saying BJ is a weak link and he should be traded, then you're crazy. With the turn around we have seen, we should be talking about locking all of these guys up long-term and winning for the next 10 years. Let's all just relax with the criticism and enjoy the penant race. Since it is our first one... ever.
By the way, I love Evan Longoria.