It’s like old-home week for several of the Tampa Bay Rays, who open a three-game series in Angel Stadium on Monday night. There are four former Angels on the Rays roster, relievers Kevin Jepsen, Ernesto Frieri and Steve Geltz and catcher Bobby Wilson.
“It’s a little different coming back and being on the opposite side,” said Jepsen, a key late-inning reliever for six seasons (2009 to 2014) in Anaheim. “But it’s nice to be back.”
Jepsen didn’t exactly get the warmest welcome. He drove to the park Monday afternoon with several teammates and tried to enter the Angels players’ parking lot “just to see if I had enough pull to still get in there,” he said.