Evan Longoria Embracing Leadership Role With Rays

Evan Longoria Embracing Leadership Role With Rays As Evan Longoria continues to develop into the physical talent everyone thought he would, he also continues to evolve as a leader in the Rays’ clubhouse.

NESN’s Heidi Watney caught up with the All-Star third baseman on Red Sox GameDay Live and talked to him about the roles he fills for the Rays — both on and off the field.

“I try not to be a vocal leader, I really just try to lead by example and just play the game hard and respect the game,” Longoria said. “I think the guys have taken to that. Everybody on our ball club plays the game and plays the game right.”

Longoria also talked about his much-publicized dugout confrontation with center fielder B.J. Upton after Upton jogged after a ball in a recent game. Longoria dismissed the incident as nothing too important and said the both have moved on.

“In the end, it’s been a positive thing for myself, for B.J.,” he said. “We’ve always been good friends. There was no hard feelings, even during the whole thing. It’s really been put behind us and been kind of a building block for us as a team.”

For more of Heidi’s conversation with Evan Longoria, be sure to check out the video below.

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