Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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A little ping pong in the morning
Posted Mar 26, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Mar 26, 2011 at 10:59 AM
Andy Sonnanstine waits for a serve from Ty Hoff
BY ROGER MOONEY
PORT CHARLOTTE – Andy Sonnanstine invited some of his friends from the Sunrise Table Tennis League to Charlotte Sports Park this morning for a little ping pong exhibition.
Two tables were set up in the indoor batting cages and Sonnanstine and his friends put on an exhibition.
Sonnanstine used ping pong as part of his offseason training.
Manager Joe Maddon said they had a ping pong table set up at the Angels instructional camp years ago so the players could work on hand-eye coordination and competition.
The Dodgers had ping pong tables at Dodgertown in Vero Beach for the same reasons.
A number of the Rays jumped got some table time, including David Price, Elliot Johnson, Johnny Damon, Jeff Niemann, Felipe Lopez, Wade Davis and Ray Olmedo.
David Price waits to return a serve.
Maddon even played.
Maddon returns a serve.
Maddon watches a shot go by.