PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- So how's spring training for Tampa Bay in the Rays' new digs in sleepy Port Charlotte, a couple hours' south of their former spring home in St. Petersburg?
"It's made me pick up fishing," Tampa Bay center fielder B.J. Upton says.
"Started about a week ago," Upton says. "I'm staying with (pitcher Scott) Kazmir, and we decided we wanted to start fishing.
"So we went to Cabela's and got some fishing rods. They should be in any day."
Upton says he and Kazmir fish the ponds near their apartment complex. The ponds apparently are stocked with bass.
So they take 'em home and filet 'em? Put the fish on the grill?
"Oh, no, we throw them back," Upton says. "We're just chilling out. There's nothing else to do here."
Upton says he had never fished before this spring. But now, he has a new love.
"I heard when he caught his first fish, he was the happiest guy in Florida," Tampa Bay general manager Andrew Friedman says.
Likes: Bruiser, the Boston Red Sox's bulldog. Well, he's not technically the team dog -- he belongs to one of the spring clubhouse attendants. But it's very entertaining the way Bruiser wanders around the Sox complex with coaches and players opening the clubhouse door to let him in and out at will. ... Yep, I could tell I was driving through a remote part of Florida the other day when I saw this bumper sticker on a pickup truck: "My horse bucked off your honor student." ... Shawn Mullins' 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor.
Dislikes: Dippin' Dots, the "ice cream of the future." You see this sold at ballpark concession stands, in malls, and I don't know. Maybe it's the most delicious thing ever. But they've been calling it the "ice cream of the future" now for, like, 20 years. If it truly was the ice cream of the future, wouldn't regular ice cream have been overtaken by now?
Sunblock day? Wonderful. Bright, warm and sunny. Somewhere near 80 degrees.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day
"I've lost count of the times I given up on you
"But you make such a beautiful wreck, you do
"There's a tavern on the corner called the Milky Way
"And you look so at home there it makes me afraid"
-- Shawn Mullins, Beautiful Wreck