Seen on Field 5
The Rays worked out on Field 5 at Charlotte Sports Park prior to Saturday’s game against the Red Sox. Aside from the batting practice there were a couple of interesting stories going on.
First was Reid Brignac hosting T.J. Andrews. Andrews, 11, met Brignac at Tampa General Hospital when Andrews was recovering from an explosion that cost him four fingers from his dominant left hand. Since that first meeting Andrews and Brignac have remained friends. Andrews and his mother, Toka, drove to Port Charlotte from Climax, Ga. on Friday to spend the weekend with Brignac and the Rays. Sunday will be the one-year anniversary of Andrews’ accident.
Also seen on Field 5 was Joe Maddon standing at the batting cage wearing cutoff baseball pants. The workout was to have been in shorts, but the Rays manager opted for his baseball pants. James Shields remedied the situation by cutting off the skipper’s pants.