October 4, 2011
Colin Thompson, a senior at Archbishop Wood, was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America football game at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 5, 2012. Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 255-pounder who rated the No. 1 tight end in the nation by ESPNU, will receive his game jersey at Archbishop Wood High School on Tuesday.
June 11, 2014 |
THE PHILLIES ARE in an awful slump, have dropped 11 games below .500 and have the worst record in the National League. The Tampa Bay Rays are 24-41 and have the worst record in the majors. So what are the teams doing about it? The Phillies appear to be standing pat, waiting for a hot streak, waiting for their .210, .220 and .230 hitters to catch fire and for their starting pitchers to find the strike zone. The Rays have a different approach, which is nothing new for Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.
May 9, 2013 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Less than 24 hours after J.A. Happ was hit on the head by a line drive and carted off the field, the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher was back at Tropicana Field yesterday. The 30-year-old lefthander said he had a skull fracture behind his left ear that doctors believe will heal on its own, as well as a sore right knee that he tweaked when he dropped to the ground Tuesday night. Otherwise, he felt pretty good after his release from Bayfront Medical Center. He does not have a concussion.
April 24, 2012 |
Thousands of fans nationwide suddenly sat up Sunday night during a Twins-Rays game and muttered "Is that the Matt Geiger?" In the top of the eighth, Twins leftfielder Josh Willingham lofted a foul ball toward the seats down the first-base line. Rays first baseman Carlos Pena probably would have caught the ball, when a gigantic, bearded fan stood up and tried to grab it. The fan was Geiger, who missed the ball and wound up grabbing Pena's glove. A few minutes later, he was escorted away by Tropicana Field security.
October 19, 2008
With the Phillies in the World Series, who wants to watch their prospective opponents battle it out when they can see Steve Harvey rehash some vintage comedy? Technical problems kept last night's American League Championship Series game off the tube until the bottom of the first inning, after Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton had tied an AL record with his seventh home run in the playoffs to give his team the lead. Cable's TBS, which telecast the game, said two circuit breakers tripped at its Atlanta transmission headquarters, knocking out the master router and its backup, making the network unable to transmit the live feed from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., across the country.
October 26, 2008 |
The Tampa Bay Rays' one-year run from baseball's poorest record to the World Series has been widely described as magical. But the real magic in Tampa-St. Petersburg this October may be taking place beyond the range of Fox's cameras. Because the Rays did the unthinkable once, winning the 2008 American League pennant to get to the Series, they may soon get to do it again. The Rays, with their tiny fan base and outmoded, revenue-deprived, domed stadium, weren't supposed to be able to reach the Series.
October 23, 2008 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Every city's fans react differently to a World Series. In New York, they manage to balance blasé and arrogant. In St. Louis or Milwaukee, they see it as some sort of civic validation. In Philly, we get drunk. Here in Tampa-St. Petersburg, they've apparently confused the event with Smurf Night at the county fair. They ring cowbells and get blue mohawks. I am trying to fathom what might drive a Floridian to get a mohawk, let alone a blue one. Perhaps it's the traffic.
October 25, 2008 |
The Tampa Bay Rays came to Philadelphia yesterday with renewed confidence after Thursday's 4-2 win over the Phillies tied the World Series at one game apiece. The Rays had dropped the opener, 3-2, Wednesday at Tropicana Field. In the American League Championship Series, the Rays also lost the opener at home, 2-0, to Boston. We know how that one turned out. The Rays won the second game in Tampa, 9-8, in 11 innings and took off from there, eventually ousting the Red Sox in seven games to win the ALCS.
October 21, 2008 |
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon wanted to wait another day to announce his starting pitcher for Game 1 of the World Series against the Phillies tomorrow at Tropicana Field. All signs, however point to lefthander Scott Kazmir. "I will set that up [today]," Maddon said yesterday in his Tropicana Field office. "I want to be able to talk to all the guys first, talk among ourselves first and talk to the pitchers. " Kazmir last pitched Thursday in the Rays' 8-7 loss to Boston in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.
April 1, 1998 |
It took two decades for Tampa Bay to get a major league team. It will take at least one more day to get a win. Playing like the expansion team they are, the Devil Rays fell flat in their first game, an 11-6 loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers yesterday. "There was a lot going on, but we're not going to make excuses," Tampa Bay's Larry Rothschild said after his debut as a major league manager. "We just got beat. " Joe Randa and Joe Oliver each drove in three runs and Luis Gonzalez hit a two-run homer as the Tigers ruined the day for a sellout crowd of 45,369 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. "This is one of 162. Unfortunately, it was a big one - Opening Day - but the others won't all go like this," said Tampa Bay's Kevin Stocker, the former Phillies shortstop.