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Carlos Pena — Mr. Fantastic — is batting leadoff again

May 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

It was noted yesterday that a first baseman batting leadoff is unusual. But it worked for Carlos Pena and the Rays last night — dude hit a homer — so Joe Maddon is going to put Pena in the leadoff spot again.

Crazy, I know.  But not nearly as crazy as (a) Drew Sutton batting cleanup; and (b) the fact that every Rays player has a superhero nickname:


Will Rhymes, I know Batman. I admire Batman. Batman is a friend of mine. Mr. Rhymes, you’re no Batman.

  1. heyblueyoustink - May 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    So his real name is Reed Richards and he’s been around a hell of alot longer than his age states? And I thought Carmona was pushing it.

  2. 18thstreet - May 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Whoever is filling out that white board write the letter Y like my 5-year old does.

  3. cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    I see a dearth of Aquaman, there. Askin’ for trouble doing that, IMO.

    • e5again - May 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Maybe that is Longoria?

    • The Common Man - May 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      Especially in Tampa. Also, Maddon gets docked points for mixing the DC and Marvel universes.

    • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      So far, The Most Interesting Hitter In the World > Iron Man. Bautista, long homer to left: Maddon’s gonna need a shift to station Justice League members in the stands over there if he means to prevent that sort of thing from happening.

      • snowbirdgothic - May 23, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        I think he’s got a couple in the Watchtower.


  4. El Bravo - May 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Tony Stark better hurt some Jays tonight.

    • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      Stark taken deep into the Left Field seats by The Most Interesting Hitter in the World. Mr. Fantastic up to bat now, v Romero (youngest Crafty Lefty in the world).

      • El Bravo - May 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        hahaha, i didnt even realize it was a day game….well shields is still helping me fantasy-wise with his five Ks thru three. not bad.

      • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Romero is Mr. Wild today. He’s hit Pena and in the process of walking the bases loaded right now. Sad face: 😦

      • El Bravo - May 23, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Pena knows how to get on base in that leadoff spot. Like a champ.

      • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        Like a guy with his feet nailed down is what.

      • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        Homer, E5 with Bautista on base! Tied game going into 9th. Woo!

      • El Bravo - May 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        I got Shields’ QS and 10Ks, so Toronto can go ahead and win now. Wins and Losses are as meaningless in my league as they are in real life. Go Jays.

      • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        I got Rodney, so I need him to mow my boys down for a few. Providing Casey Janssen does similar, I’m good wi-dat. Then, yeah; Go Beaver Men.

      • indaburg - May 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Grrrr.. Mr. Fantastic suddenly thinks he’s Speedy Gonzalez trying to score from 2nd to make the last out at home in the bottom of the 9th. Extra innings, here we come.

      • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        Mr Fantastic failed to stretch enough or that one. He was thrown out by a far greater being, anyways: Father Time. Omar Vizquel still got the good moves on the D, eh?

        Looks like Rodney and his 98mph heater are done, thank dog. I get the points, the game’s still tied, now if Father Time Jr, Darren Oliver, can sit down Wolverine, Cap’n America & Batman, 123, the Beaver Wrestler’s have some lumber coming to the plate next inning.

      • cur68 - May 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        Dang you, BJ Upton! Dang you to heck!

  5. ajcardsfan - May 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Anybody else think having the last name Shields automatically qualifies you as Captain America, assuming there’s nobody with the last name Rogers available?

  6. number42is1 - May 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Batman would have taken that fastball to the arm alot better than Rhymes… im just sayin

  7. WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    If you just got traded twice within a few days as a journeyman borderline MLB player and your new team calls you Superman, you have to be feeling pretty good.

    • Joe - May 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      …calls you Superman *and has you batting cleanup two days after you were in the minor leagues*

      Sutton batting cleanup makes sense if you start with the premise that you must alternate lefthand hitters with righthand hitters. Because Upton is fast and must be near the top of the order, and Johnson and Gimenez are poor hitters so shouldn’t bat cleanup.

      John Farrell will be thinking twice about using the same lefty against both Joyce and Scott, because he’s not going to want to give Drew Sutton the favorable matchup. Advantage, Maddon!

  8. foreverchipper10 - May 23, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Well, Luke Scott certainly has the chops to be Wolverine.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      But not the awesomeness.

      • foreverchipper10 - May 23, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        Clearly. Wolverine is probably my favorite from the X-Men….but man is Gambit all kinds of cool.

  9. mississippimusicman - May 23, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Oh no. Doesn’t anyone put it together that nicknaming a player “Captain America” is going to start PED rumors, since Cap was basically given super-roids by the government?

  10. snowbirdgothic - May 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Considering the injuries the Rays are dealing with, I thinking this should really be a little more “Great Lakes Avengers”, or possibly “Legion of Substitute Heroes”.

    (Yes, I know who the Legion of Substitute Heroes is. Don’t judge me.)

    • Reflex - May 24, 2012 at 3:03 AM

      Legion of Substitute Heroes was awesome. Especially when Giffen was writing them.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 23, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Zobrist is out of the lineup and his AVG has been underwater this season. He must be Aquaman

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