The Rays dropped yet another game of Manfred Ball, extending their losing streak to seven and dropping them a game and a half behind the Red Sox. But!
I think everything is going to be okay.
We are all Wander’s dad.
Wander's dad is everything pic.twitter.com/HWJ97uQ3IN— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 23, 2021
I can’t be the only one planning to do this.
I am retroactively renaming my children Wander Franco— John Ford (@kingofchapter1) June 23, 2021
Adam Berry on Wander’s debut: Never seen anything like this.
Topper on what Wander’s arrival means to the rest of the infield.
Wander Franco’s arrival means rest, job shares for Rays infielders https://t.co/DEIMtn35WY— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) June 23, 2021
Wander on his debut.
In non-Wander news, Robert O’Connor writes about interpreters.
“Interpreters know 2 things better than anyone else. First, that as much as baseball is a game of skill or strength, it is a game of speech. And second, that the work of finding the right word doesn’t stop when the talking does.”— Emma Baccellieri (@emmabaccellieri) June 21, 2021
A+ @robertfoconnell piece https://t.co/vQWWeTVLKm
The latest in All-Star balloting. The only Ray that is actually close is Randy Arozarena. Is it too late to start a Wander write in campaign?
Colin Poche throws off a mound.
Joe Veyera has banner game to match our own Adam Sanford.
https://t.co/567QcNvDsW pic.twitter.com/vOttywcne9— Joe Veyera (@JoeVeyera) June 21, 2021
I don’t know what this means.
Big things coming. pic.twitter.com/xDs7jvVBRy— MLB (@MLB) June 22, 2021
Former Buccaneers Carl Nassib is the first out, active gay player in the NFL.
NFL history for @Raiders player Carl Nassib, first active gay player. https://t.co/SW5FSwtOEK— Outsports (@outsports) June 21, 2021
Here is a good story on MLB umpire Dale Scott’s coming out process.
Andy McCullough at the Athletic on the Rays player-centric model. It’s long, but there’s lots of good stuff in it. For example:
“Nobody knows how long they’re going to be here, or what they’re going to be here for, or if they’re going to get traded or whatever the case is,” McHugh says. “But while you are here, you’re treated like they want you here. You’re supposed to be here. You’re not an afterthought.”
The Ball Mudder is coming. The plan is to get the mudding process uniform, and it will also (allegedly) change color if foreign substances are applied. No word on whether it can also serve as a home pregnancy test.
The Ball Mudder machine will also apply a substance that changes the color of a baseball should a banned foreign substance be applied. https://t.co/VBKwjCcsr0— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) June 22, 2021
Our own Ashley MacLennan on Tyler Glasnow and why he can be the voice baseball need.
Why Tyler Glasnow Can Be a Voice That Baseball Needs https://t.co/KkfQQgilLz— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) June 22, 2021
Formers Phillies/Rays/Brewers farmhand Dylan Cozens is leaving baseball to pursue a football career.
I’ve decided it’s time to chase my dream of playing in the @NFL. I want to thank the @phillies @RaysBaseball and @Brewers organizations for giving me the opportunity to play professional baseball but more importantly the people, experiences, and memories I’ll keep forever.— Dylan Cozens (@dylancozens) June 22, 2021
There were some issues during the Nats/Phillies game, as Joe Girardi lost a stare down to Max Scherzer.
Phillies manager Joe Girardi and Max Scherzer got into a stare down after Girardi requested umpires check Scherzer for foreign substances for a third time.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 23, 2021
Girardi was ejected after the altercation. pic.twitter.com/3B6kGLbudL
Old friend Sergio Romo did them one better.
Oakland A’s reliever Sergio Romo was checked for “sticky stuff” and might have upstaged Max Scherzer in the process. pic.twitter.com/wL1jqt4CgE— Chris Halicke (@ChrisHalicke) June 23, 2021
Nick Castellanos, everybody:
Nick Castellanos launching a double then mocking the pitcher.... this guy literally wants smoke with everybody pic.twitter.com/hlS12PEDLr— Baseball Doesn't Exist (@BaseballDoesnt) June 22, 2021
Is this important? This feels important.
Breaking News: pic.twitter.com/TsZMO4eDee— Marlins Communications (@MarlinsComms) June 22, 2021
Joey Votto was suspended for aggressive action against an umpire during Saturday’s game.
Finally, here is Cricket, the baseball loving beagle. She deserves a call up to the Show.
@DurhamBulls foster puppy Cricket from @TriBeagles is obsessed with a baseball she found at the bottom of the toy basket and I know you have room on your roster. Call her up. ⚾️ #beagles #baseball pic.twitter.com/ML2Wf5qZvC— Val (@valerie_k88) June 22, 2021