Blog #42 (Bubba Trammell)

By Richard J. Decker on December 26, 2012 7:00 AM

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

Now for the Opening Day memory:

Consistent with the spirit of my presenting memories of all types of players--from the notorious Hall of Famers to the players with whom even the more avid baseball fans may not be familiar--Bubba Trammell was a journeyman right handed power hitting outfielder who played from 1997-2003 with the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and the New York Yankees. He was an inaugural member of the expansion 1998 Devil Rays. His best season by far was with the Padres in 2001 when he hit 25 home runs and knocked in 92 runs. Here are his Opening Day memories.

Trammell.jpg"I have two Opening Day memories. The first was Opening Day in '97 for the Detroit Tigers. I was in the starting line up. It was my first taste of the big leagues, so it was a great time for me. I did get my dream come true--to finally get to the big leagues and to be starting on Opening Day. It is something that will stay in my mind forever. The second was the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays first ever Opening Day. That was probably my second best Opening Day. We were opening up a franchise. I was able to be there when we first took the field as a Devil Ray and it was special to be able to be there and see the first pitch thrown in their history."

See you in two weeks. Richie