The Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon, blowing a 4-1 lead to eventually lose 8-6. After the game, the Rays decided to send a message to shortstop Tim Beckham and demoted him to AAA Durham. Beckham got sent down because of his lack of hustle in the fourth inning, which cost the team a run. He slowed down before crossing the plate on a Kevin Keirmaier hit. Keirmaier was eventually thrown out at second trying to be aggressive before Beckham sauntered across the plate.

Time to learn a lesson young man

Tim Beckham is a former first overall pick and has been a bit of a disappointment for the Rays. He has played just 150 games in the majors, and he was selected in front of established MLB stars such as Eric Hosmer and Buster Posey in the 2008 draft, both of whom have led their teams to World Series titles. There is still time for the 26-year-old Beckham to become a solid contributor to the Rays, but he has to show more hustle. Even if you are struggling you need to give an all out effort.

A disappointing season

The Tampa Bay Rays came into the season hoping that their stable of young pitchers would help them contend for a playoff spot. In reality, they are 20 games below .500 and wallowing in the last place in the American League East. This past weekend manager Kevin Cash addressed the continued mistakes of his young team on the basepaths. He said the team still needs a lot of coaching, and a lot of that falls on him as the manager. His frustration must have boiled over on Wednesday as the Rays took very little time after the game to send Beckham down.

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A great lesson for the kids

How the Rays handled, this situation is a great example for kids who play sports or just kids in general. If you are going to do something you might as well give it your best effort, no matter your talent level. It doesn't matter if you just barely made the team or you are the first pick you have to hustle. There are a lot of things you can't control in sports, but one thing you can always control is your effort level.

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