Evan, Is There Something We Should Know?

 

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When Tampa Bay Rays Third Baseman Evan Longoria first came up to the Major Leagues, every time he ventured into Yankee Stadium or even Fenway Park you could hear very audible in the background throughout the assembled crowd the eerie chants of “Eva” coming from the stands.

Even when the Rays were on the wrong side of the scoreboard the chants and giggles just seemed to just keep come from all around him positioning him ever so closer with the always beautiful actress Eva Longoria. It was the ironic price of fame that Longoria had to endure every away game that first season. In time, the cackles and chants died down a bit as Longoria (Evan) showed his wares and talents and possibly gained a little respect from the baseball World outside of Tampa Bay.

 

Reps Confirm Evan Longoria and Tony Parker’s Divorce Official

 

The pure fact their neither of the “Longoria’s” are even remotely related to each other, and might have even now never met one-on-one even in a sidewalk encounter simply makes the above headline taken from The CelebrityCafe.com even more….well simply hilarious.

The simple fact that Longoria (Evan) has been accused of procuring more than a few avid female’s cell phone numbers for future use makes the Tony Parker rumor more valid. Why would Parker want to even spend a moment bird-dogging with Longoria (Evan) as he is trying to cut ties with another Longoria (Eva) in the state of Texas?

But you can see Parker’s want to be with Longoria (Evan) after his small social experience mishap in Boston in the not so recent past, where Longo “was accused of calling or texting one of the objects of his late night affection while in Beantown to see if she might want to….maybe take in a late night I-Hop visit much to the chagrin of the female’s Boston boyfriend. So you could see the possibility of a Longoria switch-a-roo, but again I digress.

But Longo is beginning to learn how to use his smile and charm to his advantage. Everyone has seen Longo’s New Era cap commercial by now, and the young blond on the Tampa cable car in that commercial shot definitely looked a bit shy and taken back when Longoria introduced himself to her.

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Still even a website like The CelebrityCafe.com can somehow get him confused with a “Desperate Housewife” even if he is taller and more masculine. But Longoria (Evan) has been taken a few fashion pointers from former Rays GQ aficionado Carlos Pena, and his wardrobe thanks Pena for it.Considering Longo has also been a long time supporter and participant of the Rays Wives annual Fashion Show held yearly at the trendy Nordstrom’s at the International Plaza in Tampa, possibly the two Longoria might soon indeed have more than just a name in common. But I am not sure if I would ever consider Longoria (Evan) a fashion icon, but people can change.

Even in all of this fun that is being poked here towards Longoria (Eva) about this headline mishap, the fact remains that forever in his Rays career (and beyond), Longoria (Evan) will always be just one letter away from being referred to as “Eva”. Heck, I was curious why someone at the recent 2011 Bob Hope Celebrity Golf Classic did not ask the golf attired Longoria (Evan) what he thought of his upcoming divorce decree?

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Even in 2010, late in a game against the Red Sox in Fenway Park the crowd hushed down a bit and a lone “Eva” came down from the crowd. The Longoria’s will possibly always be linked in a small way for the rest of their careers. Evan for his lack of Eva’s fashion sense or Eva for not being able to turn a nifty 6-4-3 Double Play.Maybe TheCelebrityCafe.com missed the boat in that encounter. It would have made for an interesting sound byte for sure. I can see more than a few Rays teammates in the coming weeks strolling up to Longoria on the Rays Spring practice fields only to ask Longoria (Evan) once,….”How is Tony?”

 

Link to TheCelebrityCafe.com article

 

 

18 Comments

Evan Longoria definitely deserves some respect. He is up there with the best 3rd baseman in baseball. If the Rays are going to win in 2011, he’s going to need to have a big season.

There’s Always Next Year

P.S. How do you get those pics with the players?

Cubbie,
Longo has come a long way in a short period of time. I agree totally that he is at the top tier of Third Baseman and possibly will be therefor his career. But it is too early to stamp “HOF” on his career,but I am not betting against it.
With Manny Ramirez batting in front or behind of Longo, it will be his team to lead by example.
To answer your PS question….I ask for a photo with them. Most will take a moment with you if you treat them with respect.

Rays Renegade
http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

i kinda understood the mix up when this first started but i think its time people start recognizing evan more. He was in the world series, hes on of the best young players in the game and ive seen him on quite a few commercials two.
-johnny

http://onegoodinning.mlblogs.com/

Johnny,
It is funny that some people still get them confused even with the totally different lifestyles and basic personality make-ups.
I agree LOngo has been a great ambassador of the sport over his short career, and like Carl Crawford, the Rays success is making people aware of his talents.
Still, it is funny that even in this electronic age a mix-up like this can make it to the Internet, and still not be updated two days later….I guess it could be worse…..Could of had Manny marrying Johnny after yesterday’s love-fest.

Rays Renegade
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Oh the perils – and infinite humor value! – of failing to properly copy edit. Bet someone at Celebrity Cafe got chewed out over that one. Poor Longo, still getting teased with the “Eva” name after so much success. Aw well, he’s tough. He’s a Dirtbag afterall! He can take it. And with that smile, I’m sure he isn’t lacking for phone numbers or…um…late night companions to IHOP, LOL.
Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

Kristen,
Since Longo lives over by the St. Petersburg Times Forum in Tampa, I am not up on his late night I-Hop adventures lately, but I might have more on that in a few weeks.
I can imagine both Longo and the Rays bench get a kick out of the “Eva” catcalls now.
But we all know sometimes when you find a sliver of success, there are those there who want to beat you down…or push your over….It is a fact of life….Tutty-style.

Rays Renegade
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Hey Cliff, I have returned to MLBlogs and am spreading the word, so your blog seems like a good one to spread the word.

Welcome Back O-bird.
Guess we can expect a few tasty bit of feed from the O’s soon considering their Fan Fest was last weekend.
Look forward to see what you think of the Vlad tie-up, plus Guthrie’s arbitration situation.

Rays Renegade
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Nice! That joke will never die! I will see to it that it lives forever!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Jeff,
I knew I could count on the motley crew at Red State Blue State t keep up the Longoria saga.
No matter if it is Evan or Eva….it is comedy to you guys.

Rays Renegade
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I actually had an interview with thecelebritycafe.com. This right here affirms my decision that declining the internship was a good idea
http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

That is the coolest photo of him! Eva…too funny! Guess he may never be rid of that one ;o)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

Matt,
As the old knight said to Indiana Jones in that one climatic scene “You have chosen wisely”. And that is not to mean that TheCelebrityCafe.com doesn’t do a great job in their articles, but one slipped by the mighty eye either on purpose ( for exposure like this blog post) or by a Freudian slip by the female writer. I am picking she want to help Evan find his….cap.

Rays Renegade
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Jenn,
That photo is from a Getty Images photo alubm of the 2010 Tampa Bay Rays hitters and pitchers taken in February 2010.
That sunbeam, sunburst, wnatever you want to call it was a focal point in every one of the photos. I was impressed by the set, and made sure I got a copy of them for future use ( like this). I hope they do same thing again this season.

Rays Renegade
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I will always remember reading an article in Sports Illustrated about Evan Longoria, just before he became a common name, and the entire first paragraph mocked how close his name was to Eva’s. The best line? “And no, his girlfriend’s name isn’t Toni. It’s Savannah, thanks for asking.” This was of course before his IHOP shenanigans ;)
Don’t worry, I’m sure everyone will shut up if he makes the HOF…or maybe not. Old habits die hard.
Catherine
http://chisoxblog.mlblogs.com/

Catherine,
Some guys just get that treatment their whole career. Heck people still think Evan Longoria takes it as a insult if you call him a “dirtbag”.
But they are clueless sometimes that he did play at Long Beach State Univeristy, which calls its baseball crew, the “Dirtbags”.
Itmust be the same for guys like Shelly (Duncan) or even Andy (Benes). Sometimes not having a tough masculine name can be another great trigger item for the hecklers.

Rays Renegade
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Guys, can we just forget about the Evan-Eva thing? It’s not like Evan can help that the have nearly the same name!

Leah,
Most fans have forgotten it, but somehow Boston and Yankee fans did not get the memo.
It is just one of those unfortunate situations for them both where the name is so close….it begs for some ribbing.
Still since Eva is a single woman now….could she “cougar out” and date a younger Longo?
She wouldn’t have to change the monogram on anything…..or her drivers license…..Hmmmmmm?

Rays Renegade

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