To say that I've been a Nelson Cruz fan for a long time would be a bit of an understatement. I first got on his trail in 2008, when my beloved Rays were struggling to hit left-handed pitching. I was looking for people to trade for and came to Cruz, who wasn't even on the 40-man roster for the Rangers and was raking in Triple-A for yet another season.
I spent that summer going on sports talk radio stations in the area making my case for this guy, even though hosts had never heard of him. I got very desperate near the 2008 trading deadline, I made a rather bold bet:
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