ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – The Tampa Bay Rays kept an eye out for lightning as they braced for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Manager Kevin Cash hailed the distraction of a Bolts Championship as they prepared to start their own postseason.
“When we saw the game last night we had a second to get away from the Blue Jays and just watch the excitement,” said Cash on Tuesday afternoon. “Really, really impressive run. Happy for you and happy for the Bay Area.”
To help them run, the Rays added rookie pitcher Shane McClanahan to the 28-man roster. The former USF star from Cape Coral has never played in a major league game. So getting the chance to make a debut is a big deal. The 23-year-old left-hander wanted to share the good news with his parents right away, but they were not exactly reachable.
“I tried to call my parents, but they didn’t answer for two hours,” McClanahan said. “My mom finally calls me and she says ‘What’s wrong?’ Then I told her and she was pretty happy. ”
McClanahan said his mother was visiting a neighbor and his father was watching TV. He said they would try to make it to a game as limited family members can participate.