Missing: Tampa Bay Rays reserves were skipped over during All-Star Game introductions last night
The Tampa Bay Rays got the short end of the stick last night during the introductions of players for the 2023 MLB All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
The Tampa Bay Rays sent a total of four players to the All-Star Game.
- Yandy Diaz (Starter)
- Randy Arozarena (Starter)
- Wander Franco
- Shane McClanahan
During the introductions, the reserves and pitchers were all introduced together which we watched with our hometown boys Nick Castellanos and Craig Kimbrel taking the field together.
Weird: Tampa Bay Rays reserves Walder Franco and Shane McClanahan were never announced
According to Marc Topkin, there was a mix up with the broadcast because the camera crew stayed with the Mariners reserves and pitchers, who were announced before the Tampa Ray Rays and the PA Announcer just…missed them?
Pretty weird situation and of course it happened to the Tampa Bay Rays, who are widely considered as a second-rate MLB franchise even with their success over the past 15 years.
Mistakes like that simply can’t happen. These guys are living out their dreams of being All-Stars in the majors and they finally got their moment, only to be completely skipped over. Plus, for the Rays’ fanbase at home waiting for their guys to be announced, that must have sucked.
I felt the need to write about it because we all know the entire city of Philadelphia would have been beyond pissed if it happened to our guys.
Tampa Bay Rays Photoshopped Picture of Franco and McClanahan Introduction (lol)
Really, the hometown guys should have been announced last in the introductions. That makes the most sense. There was a long delay for the Seattle crowd to acknowledge their guys playing in the All-Star game.
Give them the time and respect they deserve (as well as other teams) by putting them last to walk out.
Yandy Diaz did put the American League on the board first with a solo home run in the bottom of the second, so at least the Rays have that to hang their hats on, right?
Ultimately, Rob Thomson and the National League snapped an 11-year losing streak to the AL, winning 4-2 in last night’s game.