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May 27, 2008
  
Welcome to RaysGeek!

Over the past three years, MetsGeek has provided readers with top-notch analysis and writing about the New York Mets. I regret to inform you that those days have passed. Writing about the team just became too much for our staff to take. The Mets’ play has been so disappointing in 2008, that we just couldn’t bring ourselves to write another word on this team. Something needed to change.

Eric called a meeting at the MetsGeek offices. We threw some ideas around to liven the site up again, but, in the end, the staff unanimously agreed to just drop the Mets gimmick. We’re tired of this team, and we felt it was time to attach ourselves to a new beacon of light and hope: the Tampa Bay Rays.

Why the Rays? As it turns out, we have a lot in common. We both needed to clean the slate with a new identity this season. Well, half a slate; the Rays only removed half their nickname, and, if you look at the banners above, you’ll notice we’ve chosen to do the same. Mr. Met’s smiling visage shall continue to shine down upon our daily content. After all, I’m not even sure if the Rays have a mascot, and Mr. Met remains the best, even when the team doesn’t.

So I’d like to welcome everyone to RaysGeek.com, home of the best Rays analysis on the internets. We pray that you, our readers, shall remain faithful to the site and not the team. Unlike the Mets, we’ll never let you down. Because if the Rays’ season takes a turn for the worse, you can bet that we’ll be ready to jump ship again.

And in the meantime: let’s go Rays!

Cheers,

Eric and Alex


89 Responses to “Welcome to RaysGeek!”

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  1. Comment posted by Chris McCown on May 27, 2008 at 12:51 am (#706292)

    Finally I can root for Kazmir without a guilty conscience.

  2. Comment posted by littlefallsmets on May 27, 2008 at 1:18 am (#706293)

    Oh man, that BJ Upton.

    I’ll tell you, you draft good, you let ‘em grow at the major league level…

    My only concern, of course, is Cliff Floyd.

    Can’t you just see him gacking up a playoff game?

  3. Comment posted by metswin2008 on May 27, 2008 at 2:03 am (#706296)

    I **heart*** Evan Longoria

  4. Comment posted by Evan on May 27, 2008 at 6:27 am (#706298)

    I don’t usually comment, but this is absolutely hysterical.

    So, who do you think is gonna have a better career, Kazmir or Price?

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  6. Comment posted by RaysFanSince08 on May 27, 2008 at 7:30 am (#706299)

    This is GREAT!

    Finally a team with hope and promise!

    Hell, if the Geeks can turn over a new ray, I might even quit my job today!

    Go Rays!!

    (who’s our manager again?)

  7. Comment posted by john on May 27, 2008 at 8:07 am (#706303)

    Hahahaha

    Finally……a team with some youth and promise lol

  8. Comment posted by john on May 27, 2008 at 8:28 am (#706306)

    Last night:

    Kazmir 7IP 3H 0BB 10K
    Pelfrey 4IP 6H 3BB 3K

    *rolls eyes

  9. Comment posted by sheadenizen on May 27, 2008 at 8:57 am (#706314)

    Guys, it took you a while to catch up, but congrats! I became a Rays fan earlier this season. I guess I saw the handwriting on the wall a bit sooner than some. But I’m grateful for the company. Go Rays!

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  11. Comment posted by Simons on May 27, 2008 at 9:02 am (#706321)

    If you can’t beat ‘em, you’re not trying hard enough to get past stadium security

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  13. Comment posted by PHL on May 27, 2008 at 9:24 am (#706347)

    LOL

    Andy Sonnanstine is gonna be my Mets Geek Rays Geek League Kryptonite. Now that I’m a Rays Geek, however, I shouldn’t have any problems picking Jurrjens over Sonny next year.

    Er, check that. I still hate the Braves.

  14. Comment posted by Geoff on May 27, 2008 at 9:38 am (#706360)

    MATT GARRRRRZA!

  15. Comment posted by mookie03 on May 27, 2008 at 9:43 am (#706367)

    LMAO - this just made my morning.

    Best part is, all that guilt I was feeling last night when I stopped watching the Mets mid-game and started rooting for Kazmir on behalf of my FBB team - GONE!

    Go Rays!!

    PHL - rooting for the Braves is still prohibited. The Rays fans probably hate the Braves b/c they used to steal all their fans, right?

  16. Comment posted by john on May 27, 2008 at 9:49 am (#706373)

    I got Kazmir on my team as well lol.

    Kazmir and King Felix did well for me last night.

  17. Comment posted by Chuck B. on May 27, 2008 at 9:59 am (#706376)

    That’s fantastic.

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  19. Comment posted by PHL on May 27, 2008 at 10:06 am (#706382)

    ::wonders how long it would take to usurp the #1 SERP for “tampa bay rays blog” from draysbay.com::

    ::ducks::

    ::ducks again::

  20. Comment posted by mookie03 on May 27, 2008 at 10:07 am (#706384)

    yea John - he sure is making up for lost time from April so far… he can’t stay healthy, but when he does, wow.

  21. Comment posted by Milo on May 27, 2008 at 10:36 am (#706410)

    Trever Miller is my new Scott Schoeneweis!

  22. Comment posted by Danny on May 27, 2008 at 10:40 am (#706413)

    Are we okay with the fact that our third baseman is dating a Frenchman?

    NTTIAWT

  23. Comment posted by Milo on May 27, 2008 at 10:51 am (#706423)

    Gimme Jason Bartlett over Jose Reyes any day of the week

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  25. Comment posted by Jessica on May 27, 2008 at 11:06 am (#706449)

    Awesome. Lookout Landing did something like this earlier in the year, and that was funny as hell too.

    So, how about that Dioner Navarro? Ain’t it nice to have a good young catcher who can hit?

  26. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 11:08 am (#706451)

    Scott Kazmir won his fourth straight start, striking out 10 in seven innings to lead the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays over the Texas Rangers 7-3 Monday night.

    btw, i’m pretty sure the domain name “raysgeek.com” is available. you guys should grab it ASAP

  27. Comment posted by SoCal Metfan on May 27, 2008 at 11:57 am (#706532)

    This is heeeee-larious. Congrats.

  28. Comment posted by SoCal Metfan on May 27, 2008 at 11:59 am (#706534)

    Oh shoot. This means I have to change my handle….

    Uhhhm, stupid question: how do I change my handle?

  29. Comment posted by SoCal Raysfan on May 27, 2008 at 12:02 pm (#706539)

    Nevermind, got it.

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  31. Comment posted by John Peterson on May 27, 2008 at 12:09 pm (#706550)

    Geez, this just depresses me even more. Look at those Rays. So many good, young players. No bad contracts. No massive controversy. A nerdy-looking manager who doesn’t say incredibly stupid things in an asinine tone of voice.

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  33. Comment posted by John Peterson on May 27, 2008 at 12:15 pm (#706556)

    The Rays Geek.

  34. Comment posted by Athena on May 27, 2008 at 1:25 pm (#706639)

    Good work, Eric and Alex. I see you are not too timid to DFA an entire team, if you think it will improve performance in the near-term. It’s called proactive!

    Let’s go Remarkabl’ Rays!!

  35. Comment posted by TW on May 27, 2008 at 1:37 pm (#706643)

    Yeah, the Rays are exactly the team I would choose to replace the Mets. They are so anti-Met. Young, promising, hustling, and having a better shot at the playoffs this year and in the near future.

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  37. Comment posted by The Loose Cannon on May 27, 2008 at 1:53 pm (#706652)

    So where are we seeing the Rays play on geek day?

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  39. Comment posted by Alex Nelson on May 27, 2008 at 2:10 pm (#706696)

    So where are we seeing the Rays play on geek day?

    Texas!

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  41. Comment posted by JK47 on May 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm (#706763)

    I also love what they’ve done in Arizona. The D’Backs don’t have a signature offensive star (yet) but they have solid young players all over the diamond, several of whom (Drew, Upton, Young, Jackson) still have some room to develop. The D’Backs also have three horses at the top of their rotation in Webb, Owings and Haren and have a bullpen loaded with flamethrowers.

    That D’Backs team is going to win some championships.

  42. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm (#706783)

    fish & snakes. those are things you can build a truly huge fanbase around.

    what the hell is a met or a metropolitan anyway? are those words even nouns?

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  44. Comment posted by John Peterson on May 27, 2008 at 3:15 pm (#706810)

    The Rays are fish any more. They are just light. Light as perceived by man, in a ray. Is it a wave? Is it a particle? Or is it both?

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  46. Comment posted by John Peterson on May 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm (#706811)

    …are not fish anymore…

  47. Comment posted by phoola on May 27, 2008 at 4:03 pm (#706945)

    Fire Maddon.

  48. Comment posted by Troy on May 27, 2008 at 4:08 pm (#706961)

    MetsGeek is gone?

  49. Comment posted by metsftw on May 27, 2008 at 4:23 pm (#706990)

    can anyone name the tampa bay GM without looking it up?

  50. Comment posted by Danny on May 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm (#706992)

    Andrew Friedman

  51. Comment posted by ronhunt on May 27, 2008 at 4:27 pm (#706999)

    I think we need to do something about the uniforms though

    too 80’s

  52. Comment posted by metsftw on May 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm (#707002)

    and no, it’s not chuck lamar.

  53. Comment posted by metsftw on May 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm (#707005)

    wtf danny

    probably should’ve posted that on metsblog instead, no way any of them could answer that

  54. Comment posted by Danny on May 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm (#707011)

    haha, Lamar was the GM for that one trade we made with them that I will not name.

    Friedman is a good GM.

  55. Comment posted by phoola on May 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm (#707016)

    Ah, these guys have no “fire.” Dump Maddon.

  56. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 4:35 pm (#707022)

    I think we need to do something about the uniforms

    i like the forest green ones they had prior to the name change a lot better..

  57. Comment posted by jimmydean on May 27, 2008 at 4:45 pm (#707038)

    Wow, openly flaunting being a flaming bandwagon fan. I guess what they said was right, one comes out and it wouldn’t be long before the closet was empty.

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  59. Comment posted by Eric Simon on May 27, 2008 at 4:48 pm (#707045)

    I’ve actually received two separate e-mails accusing us of being untrue Mets fans for changing teams so quickly. Oh, and also that our site sucks anyway. Whee!

    I’m thinking of changing the RaysGeek slogan to something like, “Sarcasm: It’s not for everybody.”

  60. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 4:50 pm (#707051)

    the rays need a little shoring up in the middle relief area.

    heilman & evans for kazmir???

  61. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 4:51 pm (#707057)

    i love this little bit of gallows humor. it is like whistling as you pass by a grave yard…

  62. Comment posted by oshea on May 27, 2008 at 4:59 pm (#707069)

    This is awesome. I’ve been on the bandwagon for awhile and now I can freely express my love.

  63. Comment posted by rye jones on May 27, 2008 at 5:01 pm (#707071)

    I’ve actually received two separate e-mails accusing us of being untrue Mets fans for changing teams so quickly. Oh, and also that our site sucks anyway. Whee!

    …and you were expecting what after this was picked up by Metsblog?

    Can you put horn rim glasses on a ray of light? Hm.

  64. Comment posted by metsftw on May 27, 2008 at 5:01 pm (#707074)

    i also have liked the rays because i know the blue jays and orioles have no chance of ever dethroning the yanks/red sox in the East.

  65. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 5:05 pm (#707079)

    i like the rays because they got scott kazmir and also because they humiliate the red sux and skankees on a regular basis

    their stadium is an ugly monstrosity, however

  66. Comment posted by metsftw on May 27, 2008 at 5:13 pm (#707084)

    their new one looks promising, though

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  68. Comment posted by John Peterson on May 27, 2008 at 5:14 pm (#707085)

    Yea, it looks nice.

  69. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm (#707087)

    wow! that is NICE…

  70. Comment posted by metsftw on May 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm (#707090)

    yeah, very original design.

    i’m reading the official story on their site. it talks about “… the transformation of the 85-acre Tropicana Field site into a retail and residential district.” it’s good to hear it won’t be turned into a giant parking lot. although “retail and residential district” sounds like “giant mall + condos/apartments near the mall,” so maybe there will be a giant parking lot.

  71. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 5:46 pm (#707105)

    we have so much to look forward to here on raysgeek! these are exciting times. we seem to have our whole future ahead of us…

  72. Comment posted by sheadenizen on May 27, 2008 at 6:11 pm (#707121)

    This is truly hysterical. And I actually do root for the Rays. We can do Geek day at Camden Yards. Does that work for everyone?

  73. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 6:21 pm (#707124)

    would ever luv to see kazmir pitch in person! i get to baltimore every once & again. what a fantasy that would be…

    ps speaking of front-running, let’s get a little wings chat going…

  74. Comment posted by Matt Gelb on May 27, 2008 at 6:25 pm (#707126)

    Clearly, this is a logical progression. Joe Maddon wears very similar glasses to Jason Phillips, the inspiration for the original logo.

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  76. Comment posted by The Loose Cannon on May 27, 2008 at 6:30 pm (#707128)

    This gave me a good laugh today and really made me feel better about baseball. It was a good joke and a great team to pick. I saw nothing wrong with it and find it sad that two people claimed you weren’t true metfans. I think the defining characteristic of bein a Met fan is making fun of the bad. Other fanbases, years after the fact, wouldn’t be cracking Bobby Bonilla jokes or Kevin Torve references to get laughs. It is a very unique fandom being a metsfan and I tell those two who emailed to lighten up. Why would they even care what you guys do if they think this site isn’t good anyway?

    I think this is the only Mets site where you can get a variety of different opinions from all the contrinutors on the site, both staff bloggers and simple posters like myself. If I wanted everything sugar coated, I’d go to the Metsblog (No disrespect intended either to the staff there either). Keep up the good luck. May the Rays win more than they lose.

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  78. Comment posted by The Loose Cannon on May 27, 2008 at 6:30 pm (#707132)

    good work not good luck

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  80. Comment posted by Jessica on May 27, 2008 at 6:35 pm (#707138)

    Geek Day @ Camden Yards would be the awesomeness.

  81. Comment posted by Super T on May 27, 2008 at 6:45 pm (#707154)

    This was a great idea to lighten up a fan base thats had little to be excited about thus far this season to date. And everybody is piling on throwing out their two cents about all the other teams - My two cents says the team to beat in the NL (and maybe even MLB) this season is………..the Chicago Cubs. I really think this might be the year they finally do it. All most every team has a least one achillies heal (offense, defense, SP, bullpen) the Cubs are solid in pretty much every one of those categories.

  82. Comment posted by Super T on May 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm (#707158)

    And P.S. Willie should have given CD time off to clear his head….long ago!

  83. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 6:50 pm (#707159)

    the chubs will never overcome the goat curse. that is an historical fact, jack..

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  85. Comment posted by Orlando Rays on May 27, 2008 at 6:52 pm (#707164)

    Hey Rays Geek: Our mascot, Raymond, tells Mr. Met to suck it.

  86. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 6:54 pm (#707166)

    how come our mascot is not a skate-like fish?

  87. Comment posted by charlie159 on May 27, 2008 at 7:46 pm (#707333)

    $140 million doesn’t buy what it used to.

  88. Comment posted by Miggy Mango on May 27, 2008 at 8:03 pm (#707366)

    WTF!!!!LMAO

  89. Comment posted by bcuster on May 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm (#707689)

    i had heard that the kazmir for heilman/evans trade was cancelled. evans flunked his physical exam..

    heilman was just a throw-in on the deal anyway

  90. Comment posted by DoctorK16 on May 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm (#707693)

    LMAO! A great and needed gag.

  91. Comment posted by Deldontgotit on May 28, 2008 at 4:36 am (#707774)

    Go Rays, wait who plays 3rd base for us?

  92. Comment posted by liquidmuse3 on May 28, 2008 at 5:37 am (#707775)

    btw, we originally drafted mike pelfrey, & didnt sign, & then passed him over(as well as jay bruce, et al)for wade townsend, currently walking as many as he strikes out in low A…
    as for kazmir—well, we drafted the al mvp, josh hamilton(after passing on josh beckett, of course), invested 10 million & 5 years in him, got him reinstated, & then left him off the 40-man, of which, 22 players are no longer on…
    but we do have the best record in baseball…so maybe it’ll work out…
    josh hamilton was no shawn abner, apprarently :o)

  93. Comment posted by acemcflint on May 28, 2008 at 6:34 am (#707777)

    I’m already wearing my Reid Brignac jersey.

  94. Comment posted by Geoff on May 28, 2008 at 4:45 pm (#708263)

    Travis Lee FTW!

  95. Comment posted by OutofMarketFan on May 28, 2008 at 6:57 pm (#708378)

    Hey Rays Geek: Our mascot, Raymond, tells Mr. Met to suck it.

    No way I’m rooting for Ramon.. erm Raymond ;)

  96. Comment posted by Turning Point #4 on May 28, 2008 at 8:47 pm (#708662)

    And in the meantime: let’s go Rays!

    :(

  97. Comment posted by Deldontgotit on May 28, 2008 at 10:37 pm (#709050)

    I can’t wait til we call up Eva Longeria he’s like awesome!! Go Eva!!!

  98. Comment posted by Eli on May 29, 2008 at 3:37 am (#709321)

    Can’t we make it the Marlins so I can overtly root for Jacobs? Or Minnesota so I can buy a Gomez jersey?

  99. Comment posted by mookstra on May 29, 2008 at 12:11 pm (#709468)

    After last nights Mets game - time to get rigd of this joke. Lets go Mets!

  100. Comment posted by DoctorK16 on May 29, 2008 at 1:22 pm (#709486)

    Can’t we make it the Marlins

    In our division. Come on now.

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  102. Comment posted by John Peterson on May 29, 2008 at 1:39 pm (#709493)

    time to get rigd of this joke

    Not until the Mets lose.

  103. Comment posted by mookstra on May 30, 2008 at 11:21 am (#710192)

    Not until the Mets lose

    But we already have the orange jacket as a good luck charm.

  104. Comment posted by sheadenizen on May 30, 2008 at 11:28 am (#710202)

    But we already have the orange jacket as a good luck charm.

    You can never have enough good luck charms. Why would you want to get rid of this? What difference could it possibly make to you?

  105. Comment posted by bcuster on May 30, 2008 at 11:44 am (#710226)

    check out the video in this story:

    http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080529&content_id=2795717&vkey=news_tb&fext=.jsp&c_id=tb

  106. Comment posted by bcuster on May 31, 2008 at 12:15 am (#710948)

    Floyd’s 9th-inning homer lifts Rays over White Sox

  107. Comment posted by bcuster on May 31, 2008 at 12:19 am (#710949)

    didn’t uncle cliffy play for the mets at one point in his career? i can’t remember..

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/recap?gid=280530130

  108. Comment posted by bcuster on June 1, 2008 at 9:14 pm (#711651)

    another walk-off for the winged fish BABY!

    speaking of wings…

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