04/12/11 10:39 PM ET
'Legend of Sam Fuld' continues to grow
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
Fuld went 4-for-6 with a home run, a triple, two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored in his Fenway Park debut. He also had a hit on Tuesday, as the Rays beat the Red Sox, 3-2, and he drove in a run with a fielder's choice.
His stellar performance on Monday, along with his recent spectacular catch in the outfield, spawned "The Legend of Sam Fuld" and countless Twitter messages about Fuld's prowess.
Here are some of the many clever tweets that have been posted:
"Sam Fuld was once intentionally walked while in the on-deck circle."
"Sam Fuld eats Chick-fil-A on Sundays."
"Honus Wagner bought a Sam Fuld rookie card at auction."
"Sam Fuld once beat the Gas House Gorillas and Bugs Bunny in a day-night doubleheader all by himself."
"Sam Fuld counted to infinity twice."
"Sam Fuld can slam a revolving door."
You get the idea.
Fuld, who attended Stanford, is not a practitioner of Twitter.
"I don't do [Twitter]," he said.
When told about his new popularity, the Rays outfielder laughed.
"Oh, man," he said. "I was not aware of this, I don't know if that's a good or bad thing."
Fuld was asked if he really eats Chick-fil-A on Sundays.
"No, I don't know what that's all about," said Fuld, who did not know that Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays. "I'm not a Chick-fil-A regular, so I did not know that."
Maddon's wallet lighter after weekend outburst
BOSTON -- Rays manager Joe Maddon put on a show while getting ejected from Sunday's game against the White Sox. Tuesday, he got the news from MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr. that the cost of that show was a $500 fine.
The fine amount was the minimum amount that can be levied.
"First offense of the season," Maddon quipped with a smile.
Longoria making progress in rehabilitation
BOSTON -- Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. His manager, Joe Maddon, had a good report on Tuesday about the slugger.
"Longo's doing good," Maddon said. "He ran arcs yesterday around the outfield at Tropicana Field. So it looks like that's moving along pretty well. He's on pace to [do what they thought in his recovery]."
When Longoria first went on the DL, he and the Rays both thought the injury would take a minimum of three weeks to heal.
"And it's still probably going to look like that," Maddon said. "He's probably going to need a couple of games to get going again, rehab-wise. But for right now, everything's good. And there have been no setbacks."
Crawford receives Gold Glove, Silver Slugger
BOSTON -- Prior to Tuesday night's Rays-Red Sox contest, Boston outfielder Carl Crawford received the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards that he earned for his performance during the 2010 season, while a member of the Rays.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was glad the Rays were in town, so they could see Crawford receive the awards.
"Something that I challenge all of our players to do on an annual basis is to win a Gold Glove," Maddon said. "I think that's still one of the coolest awards a baseball player can get, is to earn a Gold Glove.
"I've talked about this a lot of times -- there's a lot of offense attached to winning a defensive award in our game. So he's got both in the same year -- that's kind of neat. I'm really happy for him. And the fact he did it as a Ray is very important. And even though he's going to accept it in a different uniform, I'll remember it for what he did for us last year."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.