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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Rays @ BoSox: On Bobby V, Maddon and the organist
Posted May 26, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 26, 2012 at 06:29 PM
BOSTON It’s getting interesting here at Fenway Park.
First Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine accuses the Rays coaches of being too aggressive during Friday night’s bench-clearing altercation between the two teams.
“I thought their coaches were really aggressive and as a matter of fact I took offense to the aggressiveness of their coaches. I thought it was very unprofessional and I really was proud of the way my coaches were trying to do what they were supposed to do in those situations. They seemed very immature and out of control.”
Of course, Joe Maddon said the same thing Friday about the Red Sox coaches.
Then Maddon goes out of his way to talk about “how much respect he has for the Red Sox players.”
Then B.J. Upton sets up a beatbox next to the batting cage because Fenway Park suddenly goes silent when the Rays take BP.
Then the Fenway Park organist belts out Shannon’s smash 1980s hit, “Let the Music Play.” You know the one …
“We started dancing and love put us into a groove
As soon as we started to move …”
Followed, of course, by the can’t get it out of your head chorus …
“Let the music play, he won’t get away
Just keep the groove and then he’ll come back to you again
Let it play
Let the music play, he won’t get away
This groove he can’t ignore, he won’t leave you anymore”
Ah yes, it can be a hot time in the Old Towne tonight as the Rays and Red Sox resume this three-game series that say a bench-clearing dustup during the ninth if the Rays 7-4 win Friday.
Maddon said he expects the umpires to issue warnings.
Luke Scott, wearing a bruise behind his right knee courtesy of a 97 mph fastball from Franklin Morales is in the lineup.
David Price faces Josh Beckett.
The game will be televised cost-to-cost by Fox.
This could get interesting.
Heck, even the organist is ready to mix it up.
Here are the lineups:
Price LHP (6-3, 2.88)
Beckett RHP (4-4, 4.38)