Marc Topkin, Rays Reporter

Marc Topkin

Rays Reporter

If there's something in Tampa Bay Rays history you're interested in, there's a good chance I was there for it. First pitch, Wade Boggs' 3,000th hit, the 2008 ALCS clincher and World Series experience, Evan Longoria's Game 162 walkoff, the 2018 advent of the opener, and plenty more. That's the benefit of having covered the franchise from day one (actually even before) and for all 21 seasons, as well as other baseball matters locally and nationally since joining the Times in 1983 from Drake University. Obviously, I've enjoyed the ride and am happy to share the details with you on all platforms. I’ve also had the privilege of covering Super Bowls, Olympics and college bowl games, but, pssst, baseball has always been my first love.

St. Pete’s Shaquill, Shaquem Griffin make a book tour stop at Yankee Stadium

Twins Shaquil and Shaquem Griffin, who were born in St. Pete, dropped by Yankee Stadium as part of a tour promoting their book, Inseparable.  {MARC TOPKIN | Times]
Twins who played at Lakewood High and UCF are promoting their book, Inseparable, before heading to Seahawks camp.

Rain seemed a pain for Rays, but could be a good thing

Dark clouds and storms that rolled in Wednesday night were reasons why July 17 game between the Rays and Yankees was canceled. [KATHY WILLENS | Associated Press]
Wednesday’s game was postponed due to forecast storms, so Rays and Yankees will play a Thursday DH starting at 3 p.m.

Rays-Yankees game postponed; DH on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Nate Lowe (35) points to the sky at home base after hitting a homer at the bottom of the fourth inning against New York Yankees on Friday, July 05, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. (ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times)
Lefties Nate Lowe and Ji-Man Choi were back in the lineup vs. Yankees righty Domingo German; Kevin Kiermaier was hitting cleanup.

Yankees’ CC Sabathia on the Rays: 'There’s no love lost’

Yankees lefty CC Sabathia was firing pitches and words at the Rays in the July 16, 2019 game. [KATHY WILLENS | Associated Press]
Tuesday’s benches-clearing incident was the latest as Sabathia has had repeated issues with Rays over the past year.

Script flips back as Rays lose to Yankees 8-3

Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder, center rear, restrains Rays' Avisail Garcia, second from right, as benches and bullpens cleared during a dispute between Garcia and New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in New York. Yankees manager Aaron Boone is fourth from right. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The Rays took a lead into the late innings, but just like old times, it got away.