• 43°

Major Leagues: Rays, Red Sox renew rivalry tonight

Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ó Winning creates a rivalry, the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays claim, rather than years of testy relations between the teams.
That was the message coming out of the AL championship series Thursday, with both sides trying to play down a history of brawling that’s adding spice to the buildup.
“Bad blood?” smiling Boston slugger David Ortiz said. “There’s no bad blood. This is not the WWF. It’s a baseball game, bro.
“I mean, come on. I walk out there and they’re hugging me, and I hug them back. It’s a game. Sometimes you have things happening. It stays on the field. It’s not like you’re going to walk to the parking lot and wait for somebody,” he said.
The wait for the start of the ALCS is almost over. Game 1 in the best-of-seven series is tonight.
“I know a lot is being made of past pugilistic events. But that has nothing to do with today. Nothing,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
“Those were when the Devil Rays were really struggling, and the games had an entirely different tone to them. We’re a different team. We’re a different organization now.”
They’re AL East champions, to be more precise. And, looking to end wild-card Boston’s quest for a third World Series title in five years.
Now, that’s something that can turn Rays-Red Sox into a genuine rivalry, Maddon said.
“We had the one incident this year. That to me also is ancient history,” Maddon said, referring to a bench-clearing brawl June 5 at Fenway Park that led to eight suspensions.
“The rivalry is being built because we’re good. That’s why. We’re in the same division and now we’re good. … It has to begin somewhere. It’s got to be this genesis where everything begins. That’s what’s happening right now. This year truly is building into a legitimate rivalry, whereas in the past I think it was more fabricated.”
The tension between the teams lingers in 2000, when Pedro Martinez plunked Gerald Williams in the first inning of a game in which the only hit the Boston ace yielded was a ninth-inning single to John Flaherty.
Williams rushed the mound and was ejected. And, there’s been trouble ever since.

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

In letter, PETA criticizes Salisbury Police for K-9 video

Coronavirus

Three deaths, 29 new COVID-19 positives reported

Crime

Blotter: Bullet holes found in woman’s Park Avenue apartment

Crime

Man faces assault charges for domestic incident

High School

Photo gallery: Carson girls win West Regional, headed to state championship

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls headed to state championship game

Local

Commissioners set date for public hearing on potential solar energy system rule changes

Health

Two of Rep. Sasser’s bills successfully pass through Health Committee

Local

Rep. Warren’s measure to allow removal of public notices from newspapers put on back burner

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs future of previously rejected housing development

Local

Salisbury City Council hears public comments, receives presentation on Main Street reconfiguration

Crime

Blotter: Man charged with felony drug offenses

Nation/World

California crash kills 13 of 25 people crammed into SUV

Nation/World

Biden vows enough vaccines by end of May

Coronavirus

State to vaccinate medically vulnerable starting March 24

Coronavirus

One new death, 20 new COVID-19 positives reported in Rowan

Kannapolis

Kannapolis man dies in moped crash

Crime

Salisbury Police chief addresses K-9 video, says officer separated from animal

Local

Rowan Rescue Squad sets record straight on fundraising typo

Local

City approves DOT agreement, Salisbury Station project could begin next year

Local

County plans to use vulture effigy, enforce violations to remedy animal carcass feeding problem

Education

Two weeks after ending enhanced protocols, Catawba has no COVID-19 cases

News

Council to hear revised version of Downtown Main Street Plan

Local

Veto override of NC school reopening bill fails in Senate