Tampa Bay has done stupid overspending on cash deals in the past, but addressing two key needs with a pair of former Redskins veterans was well done. Jackson is the home-run threat the team was lacking; he can take advantage of the attention paid to Mike Evans and Jameis Winston’s arm. Baker, a 3-4 end in Washington, will slide inside to help Gerald McCoy and complement returning run-stopping end William Gholston. Simple solutions came for reasonable money against the Bucs’ big cap space.
The Rays got some really good juju just in time to beat the Tigers on Wednesday.
To set the scene: Tampa Bay, down a run, loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth against Detroit closer Francisco Rodriguez. Steven Souza Jr. had a chance to win, but struck out “swinging.”
Rays manager Kevin Cash raced out of the dugout, demanding to know why plate umpire Larry Vanover didn’t check with the first base umpire. Vanover, naturally, ejected the skipper.
The next batter, Logan Morrison, hit what looked like a sure double-play grounder to end the game. Except…
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias tripped over the bag, stumbled, and then spiked his relay to first, which allowed the tying and winning runs to score. Rays 8, Tigers 7.
For good measure, Iglesias was hit in the face by the Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys knee of a sliding Brad Miller.
Rasheed Wallace was right: Ball don’t lie. Now we have the baseball version of that truism.