Sunday, October 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays caught in bridge gridlock

OAKLAND, Calif. — Just getting to the stadium for Friday's game against the A's was a hassle for the Rays.

Except for the few who were wise enough to take the train.

The Bay Bridge that connects San Francisco, where the team stays, and Oakland is closed this weekend for construction reasons as a new span is set to open. So finding an alternate route is necessary, leading to massive traffic delays.

For Rays starting pitcher David Price, that meant about two hours in the back of a town car and a $202 fare.

"Safe to say I'm not in the best mood now," was among Price's more reasonable tweets.

The rest of the team and staff that rode the scheduled 2 p.m. bus didn't fare much better. The usual 30- to 45-minute ride took 1 hour, 43 minutes, not that too many were counting.

"Brutal," infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez said.

"Especially after a four-plus hour flight (on Thursday), a two-hour bus ride is not exactly ideal," infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson said.

"It wasn't the most enjoyable bus ride experience," outfielder Matt Joyce said. "Guys are aggravated. And we're ready to play tonight."

Rays officials were aware of the situation and were told the new routing would take an hour, tops, plus they had a police escort to get them from the hotel to the highway.

When the first bus took so long, the Rays canceled their second bus, with the handful of staff, TV broadcasters Brian Anderson and Dewayne Staats, and shortstop Yunel Escobar taking the BART train.

Manager Joe Maddon, naturally, said the long bus trip wasn't so bad, calling it "the Kumbaya ride." He said it was nostalgic, reminding him of his days as a minor-league manager where such trips, and longer, were routine. Plus, he said, because he had an iPad and a smartphone, he could keep busy, including plotting possible offseason trips in his new 40-foot recreational vehicle.

His only regret was not bringing his headphones, because he had Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy loaded and could have watched the whole movie.

Pitcher Alex Cobb was among players who rode the train, which goes under the bay and takes less than 30 minutes. Most of thr Rays plan to do so today,

"Thought ahead," Cobb said. "I think everyone was aware. Most everybody told us at the hotel. I just don't think they thought it would take as long as it did."

Marc Topkin can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @TBTimes_Rays.

Comments
Rays tales: Why Rocco Baldelli is a hot candidate for manager openings

Rays tales: Why Rocco Baldelli is a hot candidate for manager openings

ST. PETERSBURG — Rocco Baldelli has sure been popular this off-season.And busy.The current Rays coach and former outfielder interviewed with five of the six teams looking to hire a manager — the Angels, Blue Jays, Rangers, Reds and Twins....
Published: 10/20/18
Price helps Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series

Price helps Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series

Former Rays starter David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Red Sox past the defending champion Houston Astros 4-1 Thursday night in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.
Published: 10/19/18
Rays’ Rocco Baldelli reportedly a finalist for Toronto job

Rays’ Rocco Baldelli reportedly a finalist for Toronto job

Rays coach Rocco Baldelli is one of five finalists for the Blue Jays manager's job, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reported.Three other finalists were said to be Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Giants farm director David Bell and Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde...
Published: 10/16/18
Rays sending 4 trucks of supplies to hurricane-ravaged area

Rays sending 4 trucks of supplies to hurricane-ravaged area

The Rays will send four trucks of donated water, food and supplies to Bay County on Wednesday morning to help those affected by Hurricane Michael.About 20 staffers are making what will be a 36-hour trip to the Florida Panhandle as they deliver and di...
Published: 10/16/18
Rays make first 2019 signing, add LHP Ryan Sherriff

Rays make first 2019 signing, add LHP Ryan Sherriff

The Rays made their first move of the off-season, signing LHP Ryan Sherriff to a minor-league deal.Sherriff, 28, is recovering from June Tommy John elbow surgery so at best would be a late-season addition to the big-league roster.He has pitched parts...
Published: 10/16/18
Rays’ Rocco Baldelli interviews with Rangers

Rays’ Rocco Baldelli interviews with Rangers

Interest in Rays coach Rocco Baldelli as a manager continues to grow, as he interviewed for another opening on Monday, this time with the Texas Rangers.Baldelli, 37, has also interviewed with the Reds, and reportedly with the Twins. The Angels and Bl...
Published: 10/15/18
David Price finally leads Red Sox to a postseason victory. Sort of

David Price finally leads Red Sox to a postseason victory. Sort of

BOSTON — According to standard baseball measurements, David Price did not pitch well on Sunday night. The former Ray gave up four runs in fewer than five innings, handed back a lead that his Boston Red Sox teammates had given him in the first inning ...
Published: 10/15/18
Sports Illustrated: Rays were baseball’s ‘most consequential’ team in 2018

Sports Illustrated: Rays were baseball’s ‘most consequential’ team in 2018

They won't win the World Series. And they didn't even make the playoffs.Yet, the Rays were baseball's "most consequential baseball team" this season, according to Sports Illustrated.The opener strategy first employed by the Rays presents "the biggest...
Published: 10/15/18
Add Reds to teams Rays’ Rocco Baldelli has talked with

Add Reds to teams Rays’ Rocco Baldelli has talked with

We told you in Sunday's Tampa Bay Times that Rays coach Rocco Baldelli was a "hot name" for the six current managerial openings, and had already been connected with the Blue Jays, Rangers and Twins.There was word Sunday morning of formal contact with...
Published: 10/14/18
Rays Tales: Is moving on from C.J. Cron the right move?

Rays Tales: Is moving on from C.J. Cron the right move?

ST. PETERSBURG —The Rays' primary target this offseason seems to be adding a right-handed impact bat.And to do so, they are likely to get rid of the one they have, 30-homer hitting 1B/DH C.J. Cron.Why?In short, to try to upgrade. And gain some ...
Published: 10/13/18
Updated: 10/15/18