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Rays’ rookie Richie Shaffer celebrates home run by himself

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After the first hit of career, Tampa Bay Rays’ infielder Richie Shaffer celebrated … alone.

In one of the more amusing scenes of the season, Shaffer had just returned to the dugout after hitting a home run in the seventh inning of an 11-3 victory over the White Sox. As he descended the steps, however, he saw that his teammates were doing the old “silent treatment” on him and, instead of congratulating him, were in a huddle in the middle of the dugout ignoring him.

Shaffer, grinning widely, began to high-five imaginary opponents and even acted as if he was embracing one. As he passed his teammates, however, they pulled him into the huddle and the players began to hop in their celebration.

There haven’t been enough celebrations for the Rays this year. In his second major league game, Shaffer provided one.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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