He came to town like a midwinter storm. He rode through the fields so handsome and strong. His eyes was his tools and his smile was his gun, but all he had come for was having some fun. -Rednex
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Rookie rookie who gets the cookie? Jeff, that’s who. Jeff’s the big winner. Jeff wins. Jeff won last night. Nobody was raining on Jeff’s Ray Pride Parade last night. Last night, Jeff Niemann improved his record to 11-5 in the Rays’ 3-1 win over the Orioles. Hooray Jeff Niemann! Hazzah!
As the Tampa Bay Rays fight for their wildcard lives, a deluge of young arms lead the charge. A glut of young arms. A plentidtude. A plethora. Well, you told me I have a plethora and I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has no idea what it means to have a plethora. Rays fans do.
Matt Garza throws heat. Heat that can’t be beat. 98 mph heat. James Shields, they don’t call him Big Game James for nothin’. David Price is all hailed as the next big thing. Pedro Martinez gushed, “ He’s amazing, that kid. He’s amazing. Oh my God. God bless him. That’s the kind of talent you love to see.” And then there’s Jeff Neimann. That old compromisin’, enterprisin’, anything but tranquilizing, right on Jeff Niemann!
Not only does Niemann have more victories than anyone else on the Rays staff, he has the most victories among major-league rookies this season. How about that? How about one more than Rick Porcello and Ricky Romero? How about the second-most wins for any rookie pitcher in Rays franchise history. (The imitable Rolando Arrojo went 14-12 in 1998, the first season in the majors for both Arrojo and Tampa Bay.) How about Jeff Niemann for Rookie of the Year?
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!