Sunday, May 17, 2009

Give me some Troy Percival love!

Troy Percival takes a lot of heat from Rays fans. Many wish he would just go away like he did during the playoffs last year.  Most wish he wasn't on the team anymore.  But, let's give credit where credit is due today.  Percy showed veteran leadership in the 9th inning when he was able to not only get the save (striking out 2), he also got some payback for B.J. Upton.  I know some are saying that there's no way Percy meant to hit Mark DeRosa. I disagree. You don't spend as many years in the league as Percy has without learning a few tricks. It was brilliant the way he went out there and got his payback and the save.  Good job, Percy! Now, watch your back, Jason Isringhausen is coming up.

After the game, Joe Maddon said it was his mistake on the lineup card.  He said he loved the emotion from the team today. He said it was obvious they brought in Kerry Wood to hit Bossman.  He says there are a lot of pages "in the book" that need to be burned or extricated. He finds nothing wrong with Bossman stealing a base down 9-0 to try and come back. Also claims Percy didn't hit DeRosa on purpose (I have my doubts).

4 Comments:

Matty said...

Couldn't agree with you more. Percy is not only pitching well but sparking a fire under the team. And yes, there is no doubt in my mind he plunked DeRosa. He did it with 2 strikes so he wouldn't get thrown out. Bad Percy would have been all over the place, but he started the inning throwing 2 great pitches to DeRosa. He knew he would not get thrown out if he hit with him 2 strikes. Great job, Percy. Now the Rays need to keep the homestand momentum and keep playing with a chip on their shoulder.

Brett/Trop Talk said...

As much as I love seeing Percy do something right I still want him gone. I just feel that no matter what he is past his time and it is over for him.

SportsFan said...

Great team win again, 3 games in a row bullpen is perfect 11.2 innings in a row..Great job Rays..

Chalk said...

Glad I'm not the only one who respekanizes Troy Percival.

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