Martin Fennelly, Sports Columnist

Martin Fennelly

Sports Columnist

I was born in Queens, a New York City borough, and can still remember my dad taking us to the airport. Where we’d lie on the roof of the family wagon and hear the blood roar of planes as they landed. Then we’d get Carvel. Life remains that simple to me, even after all these years, including the last two at the Times, where I began in May 2016. I’m not lying on a roof, but in 27 years writing sports in Tampa Bay (including a quarter century stint at the Tampa Tribune), I’ve seen the great and the not so great. But I’ve always enjoyed the human element running through these games and the people who play them. Telling their stories and others is still as fresh, as meaningful, as rewarding to me as ever. And then I get Carvel.

Martin Fennelly’s takeaways from the Rays’ 5-3 loss to the Angels Saturday

Rays outfielder Austin Meadows (17) went hitless in four at bats Saturday in the Rays' 5-3 loss to the Angels at Tropicana Field. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Charlie Morton turns out to be human.

Rays fall behind early in 5-3 loss to Angels

Rays pitcher Charlie Morton (50) lost Saturday for the first time since last August. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Charlie Morton suffers his first loss of the season as the disappointing homestand trudges on.

Albert Pujols’ baseball career needs to be celebrated

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) at bat during the first inning of a Tampa Bay Rays game against the Angels on June 13, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
The future Hall of Famer has a few licks left for the Los Angeles Angels.

Rays might have to settle for an okay homestand

Rays reliever Colin Poche (38) gave up the game-deciding grand slam Wednesday in the Rays' 6-2 loss to Oakland. DIRK SHADD   |   Times
Tampa Bay’s second straight loss to Oakland puts a crimp in what looked like a promising coming-home party.

What a kick: Ex-Plant star Tanner Anderson makes first big league-start back home

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Tanner Anderson (53), from Plant High School, delivers from the mound during first inning action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Monday, June 10, 2019. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
With his family watching from their “lucky seats,” the 25-year-old pitcher duels with Rays pitcher Charlie Morton.