Fresh off a fine performance in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs in which they finished as Stanley Cup runner up, a group of Tampa Bay Lightning players were invited to participate in batting practice with their bay-area neigbors, the Tampa Bay Rays . Captain Steven Stamkos and fellow forwards Brian Boyle and Alex Killorn, along with starting goalie Ben Bishop got to take a few hacks in the cage.
The group left with a clear front-runner to become the next great dual-sport athlete. The 6-foot-7 Bishop went deep four times during batting practice, showing off an easy swing. Boyle and Killorn also went yard, but Bishop was the clear derby champ.
The big netminder, who suffered a torn groin in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final but played through it, even ran the bases after his first one went out. Why wouldn't ya?
Stamkos was mic’d up for the fun at the ballpark as Fox Sports Florida followed the action, which includes three of Bishop's four homers:
Stamkos, Killorn, Bishop and defenseman Braydon Coburn also threw out the first pitch before the Rays took on the Toronto Blue Jays.
Before that, Bishop consulted with third baseman Evan Longoria, perhaps trading tips on the long ball.
As Stamkos notes in the video, the Lightning only have about eight weeks before they start getting back in the swing of things on the hockey side, so it’s good to get a little summer fun in when they can. Bishop may want to stick around Tampa, though. You never know when the Rays might need an emergency pinch hitter.