Red Sox fans Joseph and BarbaraSimonelli were all smiles, settling into their cushy, high-priced seats behind home plate. They flew in from Boston to watch the first two games, shelling out big bucks for the trip and tickets rather than stay home to catch the Sox in Boston.
"We love it here," Barbara said. "It gets too cold up at Fenway this time of year." Added Joseph: "This is a lot more comfortable. We're not freezing."
Fan of the day
Mark Sibley found himself - and his signs - a subject of attention in the front row behind the Rays dugout before the game. The St. Petersburg ophthalmologist and season-ticket holder for 11 years took turns holding up each of the 16 double-sided signs made on colored posterboard. The signs were diverse, from political (a ballot with boxes for Barack Obama, John McCain and Rays manager Joe Maddon, which was checked), pop culture ("Season Premiere: Watch Rays Anatomy" and "Boston, Make Your Bucket List") and ... well ... "I got these tickets for my ex-wife. Best trade I ever made."
Sibley's friend, Stephanie Willis, had her own input with "Longoria Euphoria." "There's no more posterboard left in St. Petersburg," she said, joking.
Best trash talk
"Hey, Terry, can you sign my broom after we sweep?"
A Rays fan to Red Sox manager Terry Francona