The New York Times reports that several baseball players from the Tampa Bay Rays appeared yesterday at a rally in support of Obama. The players should be resting, reading up on their World Series opponents. Instead, they’re hugging it out with the candidate:

“On Monday, he was endorsed at a rally in Tampa by six players for the Rays — outfielders Jonny Gomes and Carl Crawford, and Fernando Perez, the pitchers David Price and Edwin Jackson, and Cliff Floyd, the designated hitter.

Mr. Obama shook their hands, hugged them, smiled and offered: “‘I’ve said from the beginning that I am a unity candidate, bringing people together. So when you see a White Sox Fan showing love to the Rays, and the Rays showing some love back – you know we are on to something right here.’”

McCain must be fuming.