The Devil Rays set their roster today and center fielder Elijah Dukes will make his major-league debut at Yankee Stadium on Monday.
I was at Tropicana Field for the pregame workouts (after an hour's wait for a pass to reach the entrance) and jumped in on a group interview of Dukes. He made us laugh a time or two, gave thoughtful answers and was very cooperative. I even asked a question, but wasn't sure if he'd answer it. He did -- and gave a great response.
When the interview broke up, some of the others thanked him. I did something probably considered a tad unprofessional, since I won't see him again until at least next year. I wished him good luck. He looked at me and said, "Thanks, man." Impressive.