Monday, October 20, 2008

Its the Rays and the Phillies in The World Series

Tampa Bay Rays beat Boston Red Sox 3-1 in Game 7 to advance to World Series.

When the biggest game in franchise history ended Sunday night, the Tampa Bay Rays sprinted in from all areas of Tropicana Field -- from their positions, from their dugout, from their bullpen -- and converged on pitcher David Price.

Flashbulbs popped. The sellout crowd of 40,473 screamed, clapped and rang cowbells. It was a celebration few people thought possible when the season began.

Led by the power pitching of Matt Garza, Price's relief work and timely hitting from Evan Longoria, Rocco Baldelli and Willy Aybar, the Rays had defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-1 in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series and catapulted themselves into their first World Series.

"For us to beat them under these circumstances is really special," Rays Manager Joe Maddon said, close to tears at his postgame news conference.

For you soccer fans out there the World Series is seven games and starts Wednesday.

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Moonlight scribbler said...

And Bud Selig can't decide whether to open a bottle of champagne or find a bridge to jump off.

Jim Simons said...

I'm sure he was hoping for Dodgers / Sox.

Bruce Robison said...
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Bruce Robison said...

I'm sure that the network guys would have loved that Manny v. Sox face-off. But I do think these young Rays are a fun team to watch. If I were going to put down a wager, though, it would be Phillies in, um, six.