Alex Cobb: Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Wants To Put His Rib in His Locker

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Alex Cobb: Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Wants To Put His Rib in His Locker
ST PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 06: : Pitcher Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Oakland Athletics during the game at Tropicana Field on August 6, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Human ribs might be luckier than a rabbit's foot.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb might put his rib in his locker. Yes, his actual rib that was surgically removed from his body.

Cobb was in the Rays clubhouse prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers. He informed the media that he has his rib from a season-ending injury in a jar at his house. He said that his father suggested he even put the jar-encased rib in his locker next season as a good-luck charm.

“I’m ok with that I just don’t need to see it,” Rays Manager Joe Maddon said in reference to the rib being in Cobb’s locker. “I was never good at biology and the depithing of frogs, the fetal pig, and formaldehyde.”

Beyond the on-the-field luck the surgery souvenir could offer, perhaps it could also help put more butts in the seats at Tropicana Field.

Who better to discuss potential promotional ideas with than a Rays player that knows a little something about pieces of his body coming out? Enter, Super Sam Fuld.

After hearing about Cobb’s personal rib jar, Steve Carney of 620 WDAE and I asked Fuld about his thoughts on the Rays hosting Alex Cobb Rib Night on his first start next season.

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“I like it. We could actually do real ribs and sell them up in the concourse.” Fuld said. “Probably have to keep it to St. Pete. Something tells me the best rib joints in St. Louis aren’t going to come calling.”

It will be interesting to see when next season starts whether or not there is a rib in a jar sitting inside of Alex Cobb's locker in the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse. Although, the thought off a ribs night in his honor would be great, especially if served with cobb salad.


Jamal Wilburg is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained first hand unless noted otherwise. Information gathered from the St. Petersburg Times was included in this report.

You can follow Jamal on Twitter @JWilburg.

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