Grant Balfour

Grant Balfour has all the rage. All of it.

This week, Balfour has his first chance to face the team (or organization, I guess) that he feels spurned him over the winter winter. Balfour agreed to terms to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Orioles in late December, but the deal fell apart after he failed his physical. The veteran closer instead inked a two-year, $12 million deal with the Rays — and apparently he’s pissed about losing that extra $3 mil.

This isn’t the first time Balfour has told reporters that he’s fired up to face Baltimore. Back in January he told 98.7 The Fan in Tampa that he was already feeling the rage.

To be honest, a little bit, when I found out I could get the chance to play Baltimore 19 times, I’m not going to lie, that was intriguing. You know, it’s just one of those things. Nothing against any of the players there or anything, but it got me a little fired up.

Balfour has two more opportunities this series to face the O’s after the Birds took the first game, 7-1.

Image Credit: Keith Allison