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

I am rooting for Mr. Potter to crush George Bailey.

My God... do you know what this could be?

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.


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.

I want to hear more than just Pat and Christin cheering.

I'm looking at YOU Tommy Rancel

I need the DRays Bay blog and Rays Home Plate to be buzzing tonight.

This is the time that Marc Topkin, Joe Smith and everyone at the St Pete Times has
been waiting for at the heater.

You want your fan base to not be considered a joke?
Then show up... cheer... and talk a little smack.

Start with this Red Sox fan.

The Professor at Rays Index gets it

Look at these beautiful shirts.

Look at the back...


It won't take you 86 years to do what?
Put a .500 team on the field?

That's right!
The gauntlet has been thrown down.


(The rivalry starts now!)


  1. Anonymous5:57 AM

    It's going to take more than 60 good games to start getting people into the seats.

    We're all excited about the great start, but at the same time we're trying to not get our hopes up too high.

  2. Come on BoSox fans, give us your best shot! I'm sure you heard every imaginable put-down during your 86 years of mediocrity... maybe you can try to use some of them on us... we welcome the effort!

  3. Thanks a lot Boston (namely Masterson), you've successfully sent Carlos Pena to the 15 day DL with a fractured index finger... bastards!

    read about it here:


  4. Anonymous2:08 PM

    I was suprised the Rays swept the Cubs to be honest but they played well enough to take all three games.

    Will they keep playing good? Who knows. Thanks Sully for the link in your article as well!