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Fenway
10-20-2008, 12:01 PM
The King Is Dead.....Long Live The King

Tampa Bay was the best team in the AL in 2008 as their 97 wins in the AL East was far more impressive than Anaheim winning 100 in the AL West.

They won all year in what Maddon called 'run prevention' and they did that perfectly in the Boston 8th inning.

Garza pitched the game of a lifetime and outpitched Lester who on most nights pitched well enough to win. The only thing I can second guess Francona on was keeping Varitek in the lineup as he was batting a woeful .050.

One thing that has to worry Rays ownership is the overnight TV ratings showing more people watching the Bucs on Sunday Night Football on channel 8 than Game 7 and in fact scalpers were dumping tickets for baseball to move across the bay to sell football tickets.

This morning I salute the new King of the American League who are the Fighting Seaweed no more.

All hail the Tampa Bay Rays.

KenBerryGrab
10-20-2008, 12:04 PM
Classy post.

viagracat
10-20-2008, 12:07 PM
Very nice, Fens. You almost want to make me pull for the Red Sox next year.

Almost. :wink:

hi im skot
10-20-2008, 12:24 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again - Fens, you're one of the good Sawx fans out there.

It was a great series, and I'm hopeful we see something just as good in the World Series.

Fenway
10-20-2008, 12:50 PM
Very nice, Fens. You almost want to make me pull for the Red Sox next year.

Almost. :wink:

Tampa Bay is just the classic example of TEAM. I knew in September when they came into Fenway and took 2 of 3 they were not going to turn into a pumpkin come October.

The baseball gods tested them in Game 5 and that could have haunted the team for years. But unlike the Buckner and Bartman disasters they shook it off and now they can laugh about it.

I must admit I am happy most for Rocco Baldelli who has to fight just to get out of bed each day.

They have drafted perhaps better than any team and one must give credit to their scouts. Just having choice picks in the draft means little just look at Pittsburgh.

The AL East promises to be the toughest division in MLB for the next couple of years. The Rays are no fluke, the Yankees will be back and so will Boston and Toronto can not be discounted either.
I pity Orioles fans right now.

It should be a good World Series as Philly is really constructed to play American League ball. Still I like the Rays in six.

oeo
10-20-2008, 01:10 PM
The AL East promises to be the toughest division in MLB for the next couple of years. The Rays are no fluke, the Yankees will be back and so will Boston and Toronto can not be discounted either.
I pity Orioles fans right now.

I don't think the Rays will be back on top of that division again next year, for the mere fact that their bullpen will not be as good. Their 'can do no wrong' bullpen this year (outside of the ALCS) has been a big reason they've been so successful, and it reminds me a lot of the 2005 White Sox bullpen. You just can't expect to get that lucky two years in a row.

And we all know how predicting the toughest division a year beforehand works. Remember how good the Indians and Tigers were supposed to be?