When Rays manager Joe Maddon describes what he needs James Shields to do, it starts with what he wants his pitcher to create in the heads of opposing hitters. "Weird thoughts," for one. And it starts with adding to the mix.
While other sports have worked hard to subdue any interaction between coaches, players and referees -- can you imagine Bill Belichick racing out to argue with Ed Hochuli? -- MLB continues to offer up its umpires and their battles as part of the show.
Tampa Bay is already a phenomenally talented team -- a glance at the roster could tell anybody as much. But the style the Rays play, with players flying around the basepaths, is causing problems for the opposition. Talent is great, but speed kills.