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  • #16
    Originally posted by raysnbran View Post
    What about the catch by Upton? Brought back memories of Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series, though not as clutch or dramatic as that one

    Wang without his sinker working is very ordinary and hittable. That game was over early, now on to the next one. The Rays will feed off the emotion of another sellout crowd tonight, as they will be getting their AL Championship rings in a pregame ceremony. The only thing better than having the Yankees sitting in the opposite dugout watching it all would be the Red Sox doing it
    Yeah what do we have 31 al championships? I think we could let you have one.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by raysnbran View Post
      What about the catch by Upton? Brought back memories of Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series, though not as clutch or dramatic as that one

      Wang without his sinker working is very ordinary and hittable. That game was over early, now on to the next one. The Rays will feed off the emotion of another sellout crowd tonight, as they will be getting their AL Championship rings in a pregame ceremony. The only thing better than having the Yankees sitting in the opposite dugout watching it all would be the Red Sox doing it
      Considering the Yankees have done the PSC for 8 straight seasons, seeing them in the opposite side of the dugout during a ring ceremony is all right by me...no matter who the ring-receiving team is
      sigpicMan, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Hysteria View Post
        Yeah what do we have 31 al championships? I think we could let you have one.
        How many did you win in your first 10 years in the AL? You can't compare the 100+ years of Yankee tradition to a perennial cellar dwellar.

        "Let us have one", you guys weren't even close in 2008. It went to the 27th out of game 7 of the ALCS to put down the Red Sox. Winning the 6 month marathon of the AL East, then getting as far as we did was a tremendous battle.
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        • #19
          It is painful to watch Troy Percival as the closer. Maddon's loyalty to him can only go so far before it affects the other 24 guys. With Grant Balfour struggling as well, it appears the closer slot will be our achille's heel this season. Price might be up earlier than expected...
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          • #20
            Those two loses, coming back against Burnett only to lose it and then having the pen lose the 3rd game really hurt. O well, its early but would have been nice to put up a statement against the Yankees early. And yes, they need to bring Price up, now.

            G Man

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Hysteria View Post
              Yeah what do we have 31 al championships? I think we could let you have one.
              Just another ignorant comment from another ignorant Yankees fan. And they wonder why we hate their team so much.

              G Man

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              • #22
                Originally posted by gman5431 View Post
                Just another ignorant comment from another ignorant Yankees fan. And they wonder why we hate their team so much.

                G Man
                Where I'm originally from it kind of goes beyond Yankees/Sox.

                Just go to the BU campus. You'll see.

                Or move to Ft. Lauderdale. You'll see.
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                • #23
                  So far, the magic of 2008 has not returned to the 2009 edition of the Rays. They finish their first homestand of the year losing 2 of 3 to NY and 3 of 4 to the White Sox, now head out to Seattle, where the Ms are playing well. Our SPs are scuffling and our relievers, especially Wheeler and Balfour, have been between awful and terrible. If we don't hit a HR we lose, and more than half the runs we have scored have come via the HR. The clutch hits that came in bunches, including walkoff HRs, have failed to materialize.

                  Perhaps this road trip has come at the perfect time for them to gel and get back to the basics that served them so well in the past. Moving the runners up, taking the extra base, bunting, 2 out hits...fundamentals are lacking right now. Upton strained his quad today, but hopefully will be ready by Tuesday. If Pena and Longoria weren't hot, we would be the worst team in the AL. We started 8-11 in 2008, so it's not like we should throw in the towel already. But we know the Red Sox and Yankees won't be struggling much longer, so it's time to turn up the engines and start playing better baseball.
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                  • #24
                    Im hoping that their play this past week has been a side effect of "Championship Week." Maybe now that the distractions of trophies and banners and rings are gone, they can get back to playing like champions.

                    It was pretty bad watching from one section over when Chicago hit the back-to-back HRs yesterday.
                    1998 Inaugural Season
                    2008 AL Champions

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                    • #25
                      Right now, this team has faced it's first adversity since the World Series. The batters are gripping the bat into sawdust trying to be the guy to kickstart the offense, The pitchers are thinking they have to throw a perfect game or we'll lose. Maddon needs to figure out quick how to get things turned around. Platitudes and sayings will only go so far. We are losing to some pitchers that this team should rake against. We need to win 2 of 3 in Minnesota because the Red Sox will be waiting for us at home for 4 on Thursday and it could get ugly if things don't get turned around soon.
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                      • #26
                        Shoulda saved some of those runs from last night for the rest of the series
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                        • #27
                          Luck..just pure luck...
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                          • #28
                            I guess that explains last night as well
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                            • #29
                              3 outta 4 is not luck. Hopefully this series has awakened a sleeping giant, and the Rays start playing like the Rays of 2008. We will know more when the last place Orioles come to town tomorrow, and if I see a letdown, then I will resume my worrying. Carl Crawford was sick today, 4 for 4 with SIX stolen bases! If we hadn't left so many on base, and in scoring position, this game could have been decided early.
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                              • #30
                                Troy Percival sucks.

                                That is all.
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