Rays 2009 Season Introduction

Cornielius Jackson-EdwardsCorrespondent IApril 5, 2009

BOSTON - OCTOBER 14:  Manager Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays congratulates Carl Crawford #13 after scoring during game four of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 14, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Rays are looking forward to the 2009 season starting, and they are hoping to win the ALCS and World Series this year. The American League East Division will be very tough this year. The New York Yankees added key free agents such as CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Mark Tiexeira. The Red Sox added some pitchers such as Brad Penny and John Smoltz, and they added outfielder Rocco Baldelli. The Rays added Jeff Niemann, Pat Burrell, Joe Nelson, etc. The Blue Jay’s and O’s have made moves, but not as key.


David Price will start the season in the minors, but is expected to come up to the Rays by May. Price came up in September of 2008, and helped the Rays get to the World Series by earning a win against the Red Sox in Game Two and getting a save against the Red Sox in Game Seven. Price won a playoff game before winning a regular season game. Price will be very important when he comes up in May.


Carl Crawford is determined to have a good year this year. He was off last year, but was still good enough to have on the team. He feels more confident about the season because people aren’t doubting him and the Rays anymore.


I think the Rays should be good for 2009. B.J. Upton will be ready for the home opener of the season. I hope you loyal Rays fans enjoy the 2009 season. Go Rays!