The Tampa Bay Rays have forced a game four after pummeling the Houston Astros yesterday afternoon, 10-3. It’s sure to be an intense matchup tonight as they’ll once again be facing elimination and a future Hall of Famer in Justin Verlander.
However, the Rays will be bringing their own intensity to the mound and it will be from somebody who isn’t even on the active roster.
The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that former Rays reliever, Grant Balfour, will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of Game 4 on Tuesday night. Balfour spent several seasons with the Rays from 2007 to 2010, and then again from 2014 to 2015.
In 2008, he cemented himself in Rays folklore after his performance during Game One of the American League Division Series against the Chicago White Sox when he got into a verbal spat with Orlando Cabrera, with the bases loaded in a three run game.
Balfour is known to be a fiery competitor and often yelled expletives at himself from the mound as a way to amp himself up. In the playoff atmosphere, this ignited the spat between Cabrera and himself.
Balfour would win out and stormed off the mound, all the while shouting at Cabrera to “Sit the [expletive] down!”
Will Balfour bring that same explosiveness with his first pitch tonight?
Stay tuned, and Go Rays!