Every year for more than a century, Tampa Bay has celebrated legendary Spanish pirate José Gaspar, who supposedly sacked passing ships off the coast of Spanish Florida in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, amassing a huge fortune until he killed himself rather than be taken into custody by the USS Enterprise. As the “Pirates” name was pilfered by Pittsburgh due to their looting of Lou Bierbauer right about the same time Tampa Bay started lauding a murderer, expansion club Tampa Bay (which actually plays in St. Petersburg) decided to name itself after a fish, yet has continued to sack decent baseball from the west coast of Florida since 1998.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays of St. Petersburg had a 2005 team payroll of $29.8 million dollars, and produced a meager 67-95 record, but bested divisional rival New York Yankees of New York (team payroll 2x10^8 fajillion dollars) with an 11-8 record in the season series. This year, Devil Fish team payroll was 35.4 million dollars on opening day. Combining that with their fishy neighbors the Marlins, America’s wang has a baseball payroll of about 50 million dollars. Some have questioned what certain low-salaried teams are doing with their revenue sharing and luxury tax money.
The Yankees have won six out of eight so far in the 18 game season series with the floundering Tampa Bay Satan Fish and currently trail the AL East-leading Red Sox by only one and one-half games. With a personal and a team three-game winning streak in his hands, the Yanks send our favorite Wang to the mound with his sparkling 11-4 record to face Tim Corcoran, hurling for TB-SF in place of injured Scott Kazmir. After the day off, we are hungry for baseball, and first pitch is at The Stadium in one hour. This is your place to comment on tonight’s game.