Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
feel free to call him “Sully.”
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
OK, raise your hand if you thought that on June 3rd, the Tampa Bay Rays would be in a first place showdown with the Red Sox.
OK, those with your hands up, keep them up if you thought the Red Sox would be the ones chasing the Rays and would have to sweep them in order to take over first place by the second weekend of June.
Anyone who raised their hand for those questions is an F---ing liar!
The feel good story of baseball doesn't feel so good when it is your team that is doing the chasing.
I am EXCITED about the Rays series... and not because I am expecting 3 easy wins but because it should be some good baseball. The Rays hit late homers, they have terrific starting pitching and Evan Longoria's is still hilarious.
It's the David and Goliath story and I'm rooting for Goliath. It's the heart warming story where I want the mean rich man to crush the good willed underdog.
I am rooting for Mr. Potter to crush George Bailey.
My God... do you know what this could be? A RIVALRY!
Don't laugh. There's already bad blood between these franchises with all the bean ball wars and the Red Sox smacking Tampa around over the years.
But this could be a terrific rivalry this year. I know, I know. The Red Sox only rivals are the Yankees.
But there are times a smaller rivalry can break out. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Red Sox and the Blue Jays had a solid rivalry.
Between 1985 and 1993 the two teams won all but one Division Title (the Blue Jays lost the 1987 AL East to the Tigers on the last day of the season.)
Also in the 1980s the Red Sox had a rivalry with the A's, but it was pretty one sided as Oakland swept the Sox in the 1988 and 1990 playoffs.
In the 1990s the Red Sox and Indians had no love lost and they played in 3 post season series in 5 years.
So it is possible to have a subrivalry
And why not the Rays?
And with Papi hurt and the Rays riding high on some dramatic wins, it should be a more evenly matched series than expected.
Hell the Red Sox have the younger and less experienced pitcher in Masterson against the relatively more experienced Matt Garza.
I for one am one pumped up Red Sox fan saying BRING IT RAYS!
But does anyone in Tampa Bay care?
The crowds are just now starting to crack 20,000 a game.
COME ON RAYS FANS!!!
For the first time in your teams history you are going into June with a winning record... hell you are the best team in the AL. You can stick it to the big bad defending champs who have treated your team with less dignity than a pinata.