What's buzzing:

Big League Stew

Rays’ gladiator helmets: Fernando Rodney, Joel Peralta do as Romans do (VIDEO)

Big League Stew

View photo

.

(via Rays Index)

Usually one of the more forward-thinking organizations in Major League Baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays broke out some next-generation headgear Monday night. Not satisfied with the "Great Gazoo" helmets Rawlings recently developed that greatly increase player safety (along with yuk factor), Rays slugger Carlos Peña put in an order for these sleek, hip and fearsome domes for his team. Very 21st-centurian.

OK, they're just gladiator helmets, worn for fun (or whatever). But Peña did order them, the Tampa Bay Times reports. That's closer Fernando "Maximus" Rodney on the left and Joel "Juba" Peralta chilling/unleashing hell in the home dugout.

And there's video:

A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.

Note coach George Hendrick marveling at the material (and perhaps the sharpness) of the top of the helmet. Imagine the cutters one could throw... Anyway, Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez is right when he calls the Rays "a very loose ball club." It's almost like manager Joe Maddon has instituted a perpetual "When in Rome..." attitude. I can probably wait for the Rays to dress like Fox's Ken Rosenthal for their next road trip, however. That's Tim Lincecum's domain, anyway.

Question: Where is Rodney's lid integrity? As everyone knows, he always wears his cap a tad askew so as to throw off the timing of the hitters he faces. But the gladiator helmet looks pretty straight to me. What a sell-out!

Love baseball? Even like it a little?
Follow @AnswerDave, @bigleaguestew, @KevinKaduk on Twitter,
along with the BLS Facebook page!

View Comments (6)
  • Delle Donne scores 22 points, leads Sky past Mystics, 69-68

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Elena Delle Donne scored 22 points, including the winning runner with 19 seconds to play, and tied her career high with four 3-pointers to lead the Chicago Sky past the Washington Mystics, 69-68 on Sunday night. … More »

    AP - Sports - 12 minutes ago
  • With Zimmer, Vikings cornerback quality has increased

    With Zimmer, Vikings cornerback quality has increased

    Zimmer coaches them as critically as any players on the Vikings, and if there were a contest held to determine his favorite position on the field the others would probably be fighting for second place. ''He is a hard coach, but that's something … More »

    AP - Sports - 17 minutes ago
  • Athletics edge Indians in 10 innings, 2-1

    Athletics edge Indians in 10 innings, 2-1

    Mark Canha's afternoon began on the Oakland bench, not unusual considering the slump he's been in. It ended with the Athletics' utility player being doused with a bucket of Gatorade and hit in the face with a shaving cream pie following his first … More »

    AP - Sports - 17 minutes ago
  • Colts' Luck still looking to improve entering prime years

    Colts' Luck still looking to improve entering prime years

    Andrew Luck's impressive resume already includes 33 wins, two division titles and an AFC championship game appearance. ''The goal is just improve,'' Luck said after reporting to training camp Saturday. Luck has already been pretty darn good. … More »

    AP - Sports - 21 minutes ago
  • Ontario college students aiming to make puck for blind hockey players

    Ontario college students aiming to make puck for blind hockey players

    A pair of Ontario college students is facing a tough crowd as they try to design an audible hockey puck that can be used by visually impaired players. The Sheridan College classmates, however, say those very issues prompted them to redesign their … More »

    The Canadian Press - 25 minutes ago