I used to be a Bill Simmons fan. No longer.
Maybe I am a little sensitive because he chose to belittle my local team in his most recent "column" (and I put column in quotation marks because all it contained was pictures and captions). I know Simmons is supposedly writing the next great NBA novel, but to mail in his effort by picking on the Devil Rays was a poor show indeed.
If you didn't read or view Simmons' so-called "article", here is the premise: ESPN writer Bill Simmons went to "Tampa" (actually St. Petersburg) to visit his buddy "Stoner". After being scooped on his great idea to write about the expansive nation-wide Red Sox bandwagon, Simmons decides to create a first-hand documentary of a Red Sox Nation pilgrim and the Pink Hat Brigade on a sojourn in a foreign land, namely Tropicana Field.
(Where do these fans come from? Who knows? Maybe a bandwagon island in the Gulf of Mexico.)
Anyway, Simmons embraces his new bourgeoisie status by making completely unwarranted negative comments about the Devil Rays organization, their stadium, and their fans. While some actual baseball fans are opening their eyes to the Devil Rays, Simmons resorts to taking cheap shot after cheap shot at an organization that has struggled for respect in a division steeped with tradition. As one of the few bloggers who openly root for the Devil Rays (others here, here, and here), you won't see me writing anything positive about Simmons or his beloved Red Sox on this site. (It's a shame my fellow high school alumnus Tim Wakefield pitches the Sawx - I'll still discuss him on occasion.)
Unfortunately, in other news, the Rays have more important fish to fry than to respond to the empty jabs of an ESPN writer. "Rising Gas Prices Force Devil Rays To Forfeit Games". (CAP News)