Welcome to the Rays Tanks, where the rays are tiny crack of sun you see breaking through the clouds after a long, dark night of mediocrity, and the tanks are lame cardboard effigies on display at poorly attended European environmental protests. I'm not entirely sure what that means, so maybe we should move on. But before we get to the Link Dump and the Banal Chatter, let's take a look at what happened on This Day in Baseball. Ladies, Gentlemen, and Dobbers, I give you: August 18th.
In our first stop down memory lane, we go to the Trop in 2013, where Jose Lobaton gives us a preview of his playoff Tank shot with a walk off tater against the Jays.
Love that Ice Cream Man.
Next up, we find 2011 Freddie Freeman overcoming the tarp and his fan base to make a nice snag.
To be fair, this probably doesn't happen without the girl in the front row turtling it. So, good job, polite and/or scared-of-the-ball-girl!
Jonny Gomes make our ex-Ray moment, with this grab and smash, also from 2011.
The wall also died.
No deep history tracks to play for you to wrap things up today, so let's watch one of the better Rays rallies you'll ever see, an comeback from 8-0 in the 5th inning against the Angels in 2012.
Here's some other stuff that happened on August 18th:
- 1906: Willie Keller strikes out for only the second time all season. Ed Walsh is the pitcher for both Ks.
- 1960: In a 1-0 Braves victory, Lew Burdette no-hits the Phillies. The only batter to reach -- Tony Gonzalez -- is hit by a pitch in a the 5th, then erased on a double play. Burdette also scores the games only run. Looks like Nate Karns has a role model.
- 1965: Hank Aaron homers off Curt Simmons, but is called out by umpire Chris Pelekoudas for being out of the batter's box. Which I'm sure he totally was and there was nothing sketchy about this call at all.
- 1967: The Red Sox' Tony Conigliaro is beaned by the Angels' Jack Hamilton, effectively ending his promising career.
- 1977: Don Sutton throws his fifth one-hitter, tying an NL record.
- 1983: A crowd on 1,245 in Yankee stadium watch the completion of the Pine Tar game. Hal McRae Ks for the Royals to end the top of the ninth, and Dan Quisenberry retires the side in order in the bottom of the frame.
- 1989: Cal Ripken passes Steve Garvey for third place on the consecutive games played list.
But enough about ancient history. What's going on with Your Rays? As promised, here's your Link Dump!
- So, I'm way behind the news cycle (also, I'm Ian filling in some links, nomo may be right on the leading edge of the news cycle), but Brewers minor leaguer David Denson came out, making him the first active, publicly gay professional baseball player in the US.
- Chris Mitchel used his statistical system KATOH to give an impartial look at Denson's chances of making the major leagues, and they're not great.
- Russell A. Carleton wrote about calculating context ($$), and part of his example was the terrible Rays infield defense from last season.
- That's all I got today that's even remotely, Rays related. Y'all got anything for me to read?