We have all been there before. You’re out on the road and feeling hungry when suddenly a craving for a nice sandwich comes over you. Now, you’ve heard the warnings about the dangers of sandwich eating, and about how people have been randomly attacked by the very food they are about to devour. However, you disregard such tales as urban legends, and nothing more than the ravings of a lunatic. So, without any thought of caution, you go forth and get yourself a couple of sandwiches. Suddenly, when you least expect it, the next thing you know is that the sandwich is at your neck, and those tales no longer seem as amusing.
And so, it was that Joel Peralta learned of the perils of the sandwich, as he injured his neck when he got out of the car in order to acquire his snack of choice. Fortunately for Peralta and the Rays, the sandwich attack was minor, and he escaped with only a minor tweak to his neck. In a true show of bravery, Peralta ate the sandwiches despite their attempts to put the bite on him. As it turns out, those sandwiches were apparently rather tasty, so Peralta’s story did have a happy ending.
Sandwiches were not the only things leaving an impression around camp. David Price, Fernando Rodney, Jeff Niemann, Mike Montgomery, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona and Enny Romero caught the eye of Joe Maddon. Niemann, in particular, felt that he had perhaps his strongest first day bullpen session of his career. With the first four spots in the rotation likely set, the competition between Niemann and Roberto Hernandez could last throughout the duration of camp.