Joyce reflects on All-Star at-bat vs. old friend

Joyce reflects on All-Star at-bat vs. old friend

MIAMI -- The All-Star Game is just around the corner and Matt Joyce, who was one of three Rays All-Stars in 2011, shared a memory from his experience.

"I think the thing that I thought was the funniest, quirkiest, most memorable thing for me was my first at-bat I ended up facing Jair Jurrjens," Joyce said. "And me and Jurrjens actually lived together in Double-A. So we played together coming up through the Minors and we knew each other pretty well from living together in Double-A. It was a weird coincidence to be able to face one of your old roommates and one of your really, good old friends in the All-Star Game. I had to do everything I could to not smile and laugh and wink at him and stuff. I ended up grounding out but it was fun.

"The odds [of that occurrence were] crazy. I never would have thought in Double-A that would be a scenario that was even possible."