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The Rays’ lineup today starts off 8-6-7-5-3-0-9

Jul 3, 2014, 4:30 PM EST

Hat tip to Chris Jaffe for tweeting this around, but get a load of the Rays’ lineup today:

Those of you around my age or older will recognize those position numbers as the title and chorus to a particularly annoying pop song from the early 80s. At least if you count the DH as “0” for position purposes. For Joe Maddon’s sake here’s hoping that lineup isn’t a one-hit-wonder too.

In other news, seeing this led me to look up Tommy Tutone on Wikipedia. Things I learned: (1) Tommy Tutone was the name of the band, not the singer; and (2) someone from Tommy Tutone clearly wrote the band’s Wikipedia page because no one on Earth knows that much about Tommy Tutone other than the dudes from the band.

  1. chacochicken - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Omens and portents, truly.

  2. rollinnumbers - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    even more annoying is people who dismiss a pop or rock song or band just because it came from the 80s

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      I’m not dissing it because it came from the 80s. I’m dissing it because it sucks.

      • rollinnumbers - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        air supply more up your alley?

      • apkyletexas - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Takes talent to make a hit song about a girl’s number you got off the bathroom wall.

      • mazblast - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        It’s a good-time pop song, nothing more, and I doubt that the band ever intended it as anything else. Don’t say something “sucks” just because it’s not serious and gloomy and doesn’t have lyrics that contemplate the meaning of existence.

      • convincedofthehex - Jul 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        Craig, you’re clearly insane. 867-5309 is an absolute classic, and was part of every high school and college party in the early and mid 80s. Another classic case of ageism being displayed on your part.

      • racksie - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        I am with you Craig. This song permeated everyones conscience in the 80’s. Sadly. I also oppose their use of the letter “o” (oh) in place of the number “0” (zero).

    • indaburg - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      You must be new here. Craig’s a fan of 80s music. Alt music from the decade is more his taste. Preferably depressing stuff.

      It would not shock me if the song was the inspiration for tonight’s line-up. I swear sometimes Maddon picks line-ups by throwing darts at a board.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Tommy Tutone sucks Rollin. They sucked in the 80’s…and they suck now.
      These two things have nothing to do with the decade in which they came from.

      Person who just went to his 6th Motely Crue concert last Saturday night.

  3. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Screw you, that’s a fun song.

  4. someguyinva - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    I heard that Jessie’s Girl was named Jenny, and she grew up to be Stacy’s Mom.

    • chacochicken - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Coincidentally, in her younger years, that angel was a centerfold.

      • someguyinva - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Her momma socked it to the Harper Valley PTA.

    • racksie - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      And she made Sarah smile…

      • someguyinva - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        But she didn’t call her after she built her house.

        Wait, different Sara.

  5. entitymn - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    No Craig, you’re reading that wrong. It’s (867) 530-9241. Apparently this lineup is going to call somewhere in arctic Canada.

  6. stercuilus65 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Thanks…867-5309…now..867-5309…I will…867-5309…have this… my…867-5309..all day! 867-5309, 867-5309,867-5309…….argggh!

  7. johnnysoda - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Must be a slow news day.

  8. sisisisisisisi - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    8675309 is a prime number

    prediction for the final score: 3-1

    13, 31 are both prime numbers

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      But how long until Wapner?

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        *slow clap*

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        5 minutes…

    • adenzeno - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      I wanted to like this, but that would have destroyed the prime likes….

  9. tfbuckfutter - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    867-5309 is the Jenny’s number.

    2-4-1 is what she’s offering.

    • ezthinking - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      Holy shat Pile, we finally found something you do well – – – absolutely crush people on the ’80s pop culture.

      Well done. Keep these youngsters on Wikipedia until they get some culture.

  10. clydeserra - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    In 1987, Cleveland became the first team in "Jenny" history to use an 8-6-7-5-3-0-9 lineup (9/19/87). Today is number two.— Dan Lependorf (@dlependorf) July 3, 2014

  11. proudlycanadian - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    I preferred an even older song called Beachwood 45789, that was recorded before phone numbers went all digital.

  12. shockgee - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Good to see it’s working out for them. Idiots.

  13. tmc602014 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Craig, I never pile on when you go a little nuts – like yesterday with the NYP. but, “annoying”? “Sucks”? You merely change the station if you don’t like it, you don’t need to run it down for those who do.

  14. unclemosesgreen - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    I had Rikki send Jenny’s number off in a letter to himself, but I lost it when Billy ran off with it. But he’s not anywhere that I can’t find him.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      There must be some misunderstanding…

      • unclemosesgreen - Jul 4, 2014 at 6:36 AM

        I guess what I’m saying is that things were complicated before cell phones

  15. raynman49 - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Stringbean still sucks.

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