2014 Team Previews: Tampa Bay Rays

Most sabermetrically inclined fans love the Tampa Bay Rays, but I’m not sold. To me, the Rays are the hipsters of the baseball world: doing everything you do, only more intensely. Oh, you’re having a beer? He’s having an imperial IPA with a 15% ABV and more hops than Neil Armstrong. You like Sonic Youth? Check out the double album he just bought (on vinyl, of course): two hours of their noise music. You say managers should switch pitchers more often to avoid the times through the order penalty? Joe Maddon used four pitchers to get through the first five innings of a scoreless game last season. How many people attended last night’s game at the Trop? Oh, it’s an obscure number; you probably haven’t heard of it.

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