A nerd in paradise
So what does the poster boy of the Rays' "Ken Rosenthal/Nerd" themed road trip to Boston think of the plan? "I am totally cool with all of this," the Fox Sports baseball reporter said. "I'm really flattered. Honored is not too strong a word." The Rays fly north today wearing bow ties, as Rosenthal does on each telecast to benefit a charity, through former NFL linebacker Dhani Jones' bowtiecause.org. Rosenthal said manager Joe Maddon called last week to ask for his blessing, and the team will make a donation of $3,000 — $100 for each of 30 bowties — to spread over 18 organizations. Rosenthal was to do Phillies-Cardinals but will be in Boston and will greet the Rays on arrival to tape a segment for Saturday's pregame show and possible in-game use. "It's funny how things happen," he said. "The other night in Philly, the Phanatic came on camera with me wearing a bow tie. Joe talked about that, mentioned the thing with the Rays and some other stuff and said, 'You're like a Kardashian.' "
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer