John Romano, Sports Columnist

John Romano

Sports Columnist

Finding the right career can be hit-and-miss. In my case, it was swing-and-miss. When Major League Baseball scouts declined to watch me play, or even acknowledge my existence, journalism seemed like a plausible fallback plan. I started covering prep sports for St. Petersburg's Evening Independent as an 18 year old college freshman, and have worked for newspapers ever since. I have a daughter in college, a son in high school and a wife in charge. And I still can't hit the curveball.

A Bronx Fail: Rays havenít fared well at Yankee Stadium while atop AL East

Former Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has played a pivotal role in some of the games that featured a first-place Tampa Bay team taking on the Yankees. [AL BELLO   |   Getty Images (2008)]
For the first time in six years, Tampa Bay heads to the Bronx while leading the division. Things havenít always gone smoothly.

Here are three truths regarding the Bucs' situation with Gerald McCoy

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy' continues to be absent from Tampa Bay offseason workouts, casting doubt on his future with the franchise. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Tampa Bay and McCoy have seemingly been at an impasse for months, and it's hard to see a successful solution with these three factors.

Yandy Diaz went from a singles hitter to a beast with just minor tweaks

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Yandy Diaz (2) points to the crowd after scoring a home run at the bottom of the eighth inning on Saturday vs. the Yankees. (ALLIE GOULDING | Times)
After hitting one home run in his first 265 big league at-bats, the Rays third baseman has hit nine in next 135 at-bats.

It took eight years but Rays new catcher has his storybook ending

Anthony Bemboom, in the Rays' dugout during Saturday's game against the Yankees, could see his first big-league action this afternoon at age 29 as the catcher in the series finale. [ALLIE GOULDING  |   Times]
A 22nd-round draft pick, Anthony Bemboom is set to become MLBís oldest position player to make his debut since 2015.

Rays are in first, but are they more impressive than the Yankees?

Yankees manager Aaron Boone, whown before a game against the Rays at Tropicana Field last September, has received great praise for juggling a lineup and keeping positive in the face of an unprecedented rash of injuries. JIM DAMASKE
If you think Tampa Bay has had a great start, consider how New York has nearly kept pace with a roster of walking wounded.