On a new Manny shirt, a new book, a new injury and new nicknames
Manny T-shirt of the day
In addition to the dreadlocked Manny Ray T-shirt, several players are sporting one that says PROVE IT on the front, with a small man-ram logo on the back. "Manny (Ramirez) made it up; he just started saying it for everything," said Evan Longoria, who arranged the project with Johnny Damon through emveclothingco.com, with a portion of the $22 price going to Damon's foundation.
New book of the day
The Extra 2 %, a book by Jonah Keri on how the Rays were turned around by the Stuart Sternberg ownership group's Wall Street ways, will be in stores on Tuesday. It's available now as a pre-order through Amazon, and will be excerpted this week on espn.com, deadspin.com and GQ.com. For more on the book, here is today's Times story.
Injury of the day
Bullpen coach Bobby Ramos will be limited, and in pain, for as long as six weeks after straining his rib cage — while sneezing. "That's what he tells us," manager Joe Maddon said. "It's definitely going to put a crimp in most of his favorite activities right now. … When you have that big of a rib cage, the strain can be excruciating."
Recovery of the day
Bobby Ramos did make it to the dugout during Saturday's game, "an inspiration," Joe Maddon joked, and a tribute to the crack training staff: "With such a severe injury, and to be able to post 1-2 days later."
Nicknames of the day
What started with David Price deciding Evan Longoria "looks like an Arthur" has spread to a series of nicknames that showed up on the placards above some players' lockers:
Longoria: Arthur Cambell
B.J. Upton: Bartholemu Bigsby
Price: Duncan Duvall
Reid Brignac: Ricky Ro
Desmond Jennings: Douglas Edward
Matt Joyce: Sweet Swingin'
Kelly Shoppach: R2 (in homage to last week's St. Petersburg Times headline Ripped and Ready)
Stat comparison of the day
2008 spring record: 18-8-2
2010 spring record: 20-8-2
2011 spring record: 1-6-1