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08:14 AM ET 04.05 | A three-game series when the Rays travel to Kansas City later this month now has some added intrigue -- likely to involve James Shields and former teammate Evan Longoria. Longoria told the Tampa Bay Times that the offseason departures of Shields and now-Atlanta outfielder B.J. Upton provide a benefit in helping the Rays to break with their past. "It's disappointing," Shields said. "I'm a little bit surprised. Evan is a great player, but I really don't know what he's talking about. I really don't, and I'm being honest with you." Longoria said "there was a lot of history with B.J. and Shields and this organization" because of their association with the franchise in its Devil Rays' days.

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April 5, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Sounds like the "past" was interpreted as negative. But sometimes - its not NEGATIVE - it's simply stating that the previous years are now behind us. One or two predominate players can create a subconscious link to "the old days".... it's not defamation - it's just a statement of perception.... get over yourself Shields....

April 5, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Didn't sound like terribly harsh words to me either. Don't they always say something to that effect when a few key guys leave? "We're heading in a new direction" in essence. Which is true. I think if you asked Longoria what he thought of either player he'd probably say something nice about them.

April 5, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Didn't sound like terribly harsh words to me either. Don't they always say something to that effect when a few key guys leave? "We're heading in a new direction" in essence. Which is true. I think if you asked Longoria what he thought of either player he'd probably say something nice about them.

I agree - I think we automatically think negatively.... just grow some thick skin. If you have an issue with what he said, give your former teammate a call to find out what he meant... jeesh

April 5, 2013  09:08 AM ET

I have to agree with Shields. I don't know what Longoria is talking about, as well.

April 5, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I have to agree with Shields. I don't know what Longoria is talking about, as well.

Nice......

April 5, 2013  09:11 AM ET

.....slow news day...making stories where none exists....lazy sportswriters.....

April 5, 2013  09:16 AM ET

I agree with Shields but I think Longoria simply misspoke - I think he was just trying to rally the troops in Tampa and didn't use the right words.

April 5, 2013  09:50 AM ET

If Longonia is right, then the first time he faces Shields in KC he could be getting up from a knock down pitch.

April 5, 2013  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

If Longonia is right, then the first time he faces Shields in KC he could be getting up from a knock down pitch.

Time to wear one. For old time's sake...

April 5, 2013  12:15 PM ET

Injuries from sticks and stones eventually heal, but the sting of harsh words can last a lifetime.

April 5, 2013  12:23 PM ET

I can't blame Evan for what he said, he's not going to say we are worse about his own team, he coud have said wer're going to miss them but we'll get by, that's option 2.

April 5, 2013  01:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I can't blame Evan for what he said, he's not going to say we are worse about his own team, he coud have said wer're going to miss them but we'll get by, that's option 2.

But they are worse, without Shields and Upton. A least for right now they are.

April 5, 2013  01:07 PM ET

Longoria's comments were not to far from the original truth, but the reality is the rays couldn't afford any of those players into a long term contracts,,,

April 5, 2013  01:09 PM ET

yes the franchise would miss this two top players but what would be the price to pay? i mean the rays don't have the free spending as any other franchise can do,,,

April 5, 2013  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

But they are worse, without Shields and Upton. A least for right now they are.

yes they are but everything will fall in place eventually, the team still trying to adjusted to their new roster and so, remember maddon used a combine of 159 lineups last year, and this year wouldn't be any difference!!!

April 5, 2013  02:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I agree - I think we automatically think negatively.... just grow some thick skin. If you have an issue with what he said, give your former teammate a call to find out what he meant... jeesh

I read the whole interview. Longo's statement was kind of convoluted, but I think what he meant was just breaking the link to the bad old days of the Devil Rays. Honestly, the whole organization was even worse than it appeared to you folks in other places.

 
April 5, 2013  05:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I read the whole interview. Longo's statement was kind of convoluted, but I think what he meant was just breaking the link to the bad old days of the Devil Rays. Honestly, the whole organization was even worse than it appeared to you folks in other places.

But Shields was one of those players that helped bridge the gap between being a perennial loser to a perennial playoff contender.

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