Babes Love Baseball: We Heart Matt Joyce

Jabber HeadSenior Analyst IJune 1, 2009

Matt Joyce is a stud. You know it, I know it. Joyce on the other hand, had some butterflies this weekend.

The 24-year-old Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, a local boy who was recalled from the AAA Durham Bulls on Saturday, debuted at Tropicana Field Sunday in center field in front of a dozen friends and family—not to mention the 26,000 strangers. He may have been a little nervous, but the kid went 2-for-3, including a go-ahead solo shot in the fifth anyway.

Of his first hometown longball, Joyce recalled, "Running around the bases, you're on cloud nine. You don't even really feel your feet hit the ground."

Manager Joe Maddon would love to keep him up in the majors like recently-called-up lefty David Price, but said he's not sure what will happen "with the way the team is structured." Joyce was acquired in an offseason trade with the Detroit Tigers for right-hander Edwin Jackson, who enjoyed his own success on Sunday when he pretty much single-handedly destroyed the Baltimore Orioles.

Sooze is a Sports Jabber contributor. You can view more of her work at Babes Love Baseball

Join in the discussion on this and other topics in the NEW Sports Jabber Forums!

Related

    MLB Awards Odds with 1 Week to Play 🏆

    Tampa Bay Rays logo
    Tampa Bay Rays

    MLB Awards Odds with 1 Week to Play 🏆

    Zachary D. Rymer
    via Bleacher Report

    Assault Charges Against Astros' Osuna Withdrawn

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Assault Charges Against Astros' Osuna Withdrawn

    Tyler Conway
    via Bleacher Report

    Report: Chavez Favored to Be New Angels Manager

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Report: Chavez Favored to Be New Angels Manager

    Kyle Newport
    via Bleacher Report

    Werth Was Arrested for a DUI in April

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Werth Was Arrested for a DUI in April

    Kyle Newport
    via Bleacher Report