My. Gosh. If you're looking for a good way to start the morning off with a laugh, you should be sure to read Marc Topkin's column today on David Price. It's an absolute corker. We all already know that Price is an eccentric character, but Topkin has a number of little stories and anecdotes in this piece that flesh out the full nature of his insanity. He's nuts, but in such a hilarious, fun way.
This one time, at spring training camp, Price went to the dugout to watch the game wearing a team jacket with nothing - no T-shirt, no jersey - underneath, claiming, as he often does, innocence: He had a device from the trainers hooked to his shoulder, wanted to be there for his teammates, didn't think anyone would notice. Which explains everything except how he was caught standing on the field, smiling, pulling the jacket open when he got his picture taken. "That was pretty outlandish," third baseman Evan Longoria said. "He continues to surprise me."
There's all sorts of stuff in the article, so be sure to check it out. Apparently Price really likes being naked?
Price's attitude and personality seem to fit in perfectly with the Rays; in fact, I have a feeling the Rays loose, goofy clubhouse attitude is just as much Price's creation as Joe Maddon's. Here's hoping he stays a Ray for a long time.
- Matt Moore will make his spring training debut today, and it'll also be the first time he's pitched in a major-league spring training game. How many pitchers can say that they started Game One of a postseason series before playing in a ML spring training game? That's rather unique.
- This Thursday, around 20 Rays (including Joe Maddon) will be shaving their heads to support pediatric cancer research. So last year the team-wide thing was to grow your hair long...and this season it's to shave your head? Me thinks Joe Maddon got fed up with those long locks by the end of the season.
- Tommy Rancel has a new piece over at ESPN Florida, and he dissects the Rays' bullpen options for this season.
- FanGraphs released their Top 100 prospects list yesterday, and Marc Hulet drops some hints about expanding prospect coverage and focus for this upcoming season. Intriguing...