Chuck LaMar Gives Credit To Anyone Who Walked Within Ten Yards Of The Trop

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love_me.jpgOver the weekend, Jim Salisbury of the Philadelphia Enquirer let us all into the rainbow colored world of Chuck LaMar. Mr. LaMar, the former GM of the Rays and current executive with the Phillies, took a moment to carve out a role for himself in Tampa's current success.

"I'm proud of what we left behind, both players and staff," he said. "In the last 10 or 15 years, you can't think of a better scenario for a new owner and GM to take over. The team had only one way to go - up - and they inherited a group of young players capable of doing it."
Indeed. For all of you people that speak "English," that translates to, "My legacy of crippling inadequacy and historic shittiness allowed the team to stockpile draft picks. You're welcome." LaMar's economic stimulus package would consist of burning down the stock exchange. He was the GM for 10 years. The majority of his "prospects" are out of baseball by now.

The Enquirer is complicit in this weirdo stretch of logic. You'll notice under the picture of Matt Garza lies the caption:

Tampa Bay pitcher Matt Garza pitches against the Red Sox. He arrived in the winter as part of a trade for a LaMar-regime player.
So what? The trade in question was a swap of players who weren't living up to potential. LaMar gets no credit for Garza's recent success whatsoever. The credit (if it turns out any is due down the road, anyway) goes to Andrew Friedman. LaMar says as much, but I'm sure he doesn't resent the caption's implication.

LaMar also goes on to say he's happy for Vince Naimoli and "the original ownership group" because they "brought baseball to Tampa." Yes, thanks Vince, for bringing a team to play in a concrete warehouse that was obsolete the second it was built. Thanks for stifling any hint of progress during your penny pinching reign of mediocrity. But mostly, the people of Tampa thank you for getting the hell out of the picture.

You have my word that I will to keep my eye out for any former old school Rays hanger ons trying to skim some credit for this success. The recent run of good news and good play is well deserved by the people in this organization. Currently. Not the ones that helped set the model for futility by a sports franchise. I'm looking at you, Boggs.

Photo credit: Mika Ito

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17 Comments

Dan Duquette say word!

Ben Grieve has been spotted walking around with a "Mr. Ray" hat.

LaMar is wondering who's hat Travis Lee is going to wear to his HoF induction.

Steve Cox is actually still involved with the organization. Well really, he's living in his car that's parked outside Tropicana Field.

My ex-girlfriend married a really nice guy with money who doesn't drink too much, take drugs, or follow sports. Do I get credit for that?

@chief

That's the EXACT same analogy I was thinking of when I was putting this together, just didn't use it. I think it's very apropos.

Chuck LaMar hockey assist FTW

@CTC: You know my ex-girlfriend? In the biblical sense? If so, did she do that thing with her thumb, and were you okay with it?

Since we are discussing the Rays, I want to mention that I went to the Durham Bulls game last night and saw Joel Guzman hit a ball that might have gone 600 feet. Except it hit the condos beyond the ballpark and bounced back onto the concourse.
He also missed at least 4 balls I could have made plays on.
So, in summary, if a team needs a free-swinging 3B who can't play defense worth shit, call Tampa's front office.

by the way, it's Hedy.

@Chief
If you are talking about what I think you are talking about, that can feel good if you are in the right mood... no homo

@PaleHos: He only hit it that far because Costner told what was coming.

@ bc twins

I should have specified, it involves her thumb and her mouth.

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Always felt weird when she played that thing. Is that what you were referring to?

@Chief
Of course that's what I was referring to. What else could I be referring to?

I want to mention that I went to the Durham Bulls game last night and saw Joel Guzman hit a ball that might have gone 600 feet.

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Except it hit the condos beyond the ballpark and bounced back onto the concourse.
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