This past weekend, the Tampa Bay Rays held their annual FanFest at Tropicana Field, and despite reports to the contrary, the Tampa Bay Rays have plenty of fans. I suppose those were fans, all 25,000 which filed into the Trop and helped to raise more than $100,000 dollars for local charities.
Joe Maddon cooked dinner for a packed house in the Batter’s eye restaurant at his annual event, Thanksmas.
In related Rays news over the weekend, RP Juan Cruz finally solved his visa issues and reported to the training facility in Port Charlotte. Manager Joe Maddon told reporters that Cruz might be this year’s version of Joaquin Benoit as he was also recovering from a shoulder injury at this point of spring training last season.
A key component of the Rays starting pitching rotation this year will be Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson made some starts for the Rays late last summer and looked impressive in doing so. Hellickson reported to Spring training this season with a slightly tweaked hamstring but does not figure that his injury will be an issue. Speaking with reporters, Hellickson said regarding his injury, “It’s getting better. There’s really no concern, just being cautious”.