The Tampa Bay Rays faced a scary moment early Tuesday night, as Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive off Desmond Jennings‘ bat. That noticeably shook this team, and might have contributed to their 6-4 loss.
Look at it this way. The Rays were showing signs of bouncing back from Monday night’s blown 7-0 lead. Then, in a blink of an eye, everything went south. Happ was lying on the turf at Tropicana Field and Tampa Bay players, coaches and fans were covering or closing their eyes, seemingly in deep prayer.
Once Happ was carted off, the Rays’ mood and mindset changed. They went from playing with some enthusiasm beforehand to showing almost none afterwards.
Was it right to do that? Personally, I don’t think so. Guys are taught to always give it their all, no matter the circumstances.
But do I totally blame the Rays? Not completely in this case. The injury was very scary and happened so fast, probably leaving many players on both teams thinking “That could have been me.”
While there’s no official word on Happ’s condition at this time, the Rays continue offering their support. Thursday’s starter David Price tweeted the following:
Everyone please say a prayer for JA Happ…very scary…hope he is ok and recovers well
Fellow pitcher Matt Moore and manager Joe Maddon echoed those sentiments.
Although the Rays must not lose sight of what’s most important — Happ’s well-being — a win is crucial so they can get rolling in the right, winning direction.