There's little doubt these are heady days in St. Petersburg, friends. The Rays are currently 15-12, just one game behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. They're also about to get ace Scott Kazmir and outfielder Cliff Floyd back from the jaws of the disabled list and they're poised to enter May with the roster that many of us so longingly admired in the offseason.
Yes, the future looks so bright in Tampa that it makes you want to compare the team to an abundance of second-rate meat products.
Actually, that's just what Rays owner Stuart Sternberg just did when discussing his team's upcoming roster situation. The return of Kazmir could force Andy Sonnanstine, who is 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA over his last three starts, out of the rotation and back to the minors.
“I think it’s unfortunate we only have 25 slots,” he said. “When these guys (Kazmir and Floyd) come back, it’s like two pounds of bologna in a one-pound bag.”
My man David Chalk over at Bugs & Cranks tipped me off to that quote and makes the suggestion that his favorite team adopt "Like two pounds of bologna in a one-pound bag" as its official marketing slogan. Frankly, I couldn't agree more and would definitely buy a t-shirt if one was sold.
Unfortunately, the money-making opportunities probably end there. I'd suggest a fried bologna concession at Tropicana Field, if only it weren't my least favorite food smell in the world.