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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."


"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."

Rays' opening day memories 04/01/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 1, 2013 4:30pm]
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