The Rays' 2016 Media day photos are here and they do not disappoint. Here's our ten favorites from the first bunch that have been released!
It's time to countdown the best of the bunch... but first, some honorable mentions.
I hope to see that smirk a lot this season from LoMo.
Oh man. Loney looks alarmingly uncomfortable with that bat. Beyond uncomfortable, even.
Blake Snell looks like one of the aliens from Camino in Star Wars Episode II...
Ryan Garton wins for best facial hair. He's just happy to be here.
NOW FOR THE TOP TEN!
10. Ryan Webb
Ryan Webb is here to chew bubblegum and throw strikes. AND HE'S ALL OUT OF BUBBLEGUM. He looks intimidating!
9. Steve Pearce
Continuing with intimidating look, piercing you with his eyes. Steve Pearce DOES NOT MESS AROUND when it comes to Media Day photos. THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS.
8. Drew Smyly
Smyly is taking his name a little too literally, but I'm glad he's excited to be here.
7. Taylor Guerrieri
What a great way to get Taylor Guererri's two passions of baseball and magic into one photo.
6. Nick Franklin?
The photo says "Nick Franklin" but are we sure that's him? I don't think this is him. Comparison photo:
Photo Credit: Tommy Gilligan - USA Today Sports
Either that first photo is not Nick Franklin, or it is a Nick Franklin that has seen some serious stuff.
5. Erasmo Cheesin' Ramirez
Erasmo has ditched his contagious smile for a more sly one. One that says to hitters "HAHAHA. You amuse me with your silly bats"
4. Steve Geltz
Holy cow, Steve Geltz looks like a different person. Looks like he slimmed down a bit, and I think ditching the facial hair was a good choice.
3. Rocco Mountainman Baldelli
Scrolling through the photos, I didn't even recognize Rocco. Looks like he's been living off the land on the side of a mountain this off-season. Jury is still out on if he should keep it or not.
2. Kevin Blue Eyes Kiermaier
I mean, obviously. What did you expect? I'm pretty sure there's not a bad photo of this guy. The Rays should sell a special edition Pooches & Players calendar with just KK. I'd buy it.
"Wait. How could KK NOT be number one?" you say to yourself. Well I'm so glad you asked. This is why:
1. TAYLOR MOTTER
LOOK AT THAT GLORIOUS MANE. Long hair? TAYLOR MOTTER DONT CARE!
I'm pretty sure this is the exact facial expression everyone makes when taking a photo for their driver's license.
Who is this man? Guess in the poll below.