Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' opening day memories

Opening day memories

OF Sam Fuld

"I think 2011 was the most memorable for me, because it was my first opening day in the big leagues, and I remember standing out on the rightfield line, and we were playing Baltimore, and I had no idea what they did during the anthem, the whole 'O!' thing, and I jumped 5 feet in the air. I remember Andy Sonnanstine was next to me cracking up. I think I was a little bit amped and on edge."

INF/OF Ben Zobrist

"My first one (in 2007), we were in New York, and there was a picture taken of the lineup and everybody standing on the line in the old Yankee Stadium, and I'm like second in line. You can see the whole stadium, and I can see that I was the second one in line. There's a picture of it online that my buddy got for me one year for Christmas. That was pretty cool."

3B EVAN LONGORIA

"My first opening day, back in 2009. It was the first year I got to put the uniform on a major-league baseball opening day. It was just a very memorable day, because we had gone to the World Series that year, and won the AL championship, got to raise the banner. It was a big day."

2B Ryan Roberts

In 2011, first opening day start: "Just the whole thing surrounding opening day, so hyped up, and to be announced in the starting lineup for me, I just felt at that certain moment in time, I felt like (I was) in a movie in a way. Looking around, the flyovers, they had the three-plane flyover. It was a real surreal moment."

OF Matt Joyce

"Probably last year with (Carlos) Peña, against the Yankees, coming up in a bases-loaded situation and hitting a grand slam. We've had a lot of memorable opening days."

LHP David Price

"Carlos Peña hitting a grand slam off CC (Sabathia) last year."

2B/OF Kelly Johnson

"My first opening day in 2007. We were in Philadelphia. After that, it's always exciting. But nothing beats that first one."

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