"It's disappointing and some guys were extremely mad about it," Stairs said early Friday evening after the team's workout at Citizens Bank Park. "I think it's bootleg when you have the World Series and guys are jogging out to the line and they don't take the extra five minutes to introduce the players... This should be a big issue."
Poor Matt. What does "Mr. 0-10" Jimmy Rollins have to say?:
"As far as each player being announced, it should be," Rollins said. "You worked this hard all year long and you're the last two teams left. "I thought it was kind of cheap those guys didn't get the chance to get recognized. It took 25 players to get here, and each one of them should have been recognized. Bottom line."
Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson are also quoted, essentially saying the same sort of things. The article goes on to detail just how upset the Tampa Bay Rays were about this bigtime slight:
"The Rays' reserves and coaches also were not announced. But their player rep, Evan Longoria, said he was unaware of any displeasure about the slight."
Wait a second! The Rays players aren't outraged about this? You mean to tell me they most likely couldn't care less about pre-game introductions, as they are more concerned with winning the freakin' World Series? What a novel concept. If this doesn't make a casual fan root for the supposedly young and immature Rays, then I don't know what will.