Cinderella Lives in Saint Pete

So, let me get this straight.  The Yankees aren’t in the playoffs, but the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays are?

As of yesterday, the Tampa Bay Rays, yes, those Tampa Bay Rays, have clinched the first playoff berth in franchise history.  No longer the Devil Rays or the Devil Dogs, Tampa Bay is a good baseball team and I extend my sincere congratulations to them.

Since their inception in 1998, the Devils Rays were the biggest joke in Major League Baseball, losing year after year, with no end in sight.  The team had terrible ownership and management that had no clue about building an MLB team.

Then the team was sold, it was rebranded as the “Rays.”  All of a sudden, the team’s draft picks were paying off.  They pulled off a heist when they acquired Scott Kazmir from the Mets for Victor Zambrano.  In the beginning of 2008, the Rays started strong with good, young talented players.  Ok, I thought, but they’re a fluke, they’ll start to lose.

But they never did start to lose.  They’ll fade, I said around the all-star break.  But they never did.  They’re not experienced enough, but it doesn’t matter.  The Tampa Bay Rays are headed to their first playoffs, somehow.  That’s the magic of the baseball season.  There are 162 games and only the best survive and this year, the Rays have been great.  I’m excited for them.  They struggled in the beginning of their existence, but righted the ship when they discovered the value of draft picks and young talent.

Congratulations Rays, good luck in October and I hope you beat the Red Sox for the AL East title.


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