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Rays pass Boston, seize wild-card on wild night

Posted on: September 29, 2011 12:10 am
 
This Dan Johnson character ... c'mon.

He's not real, is he?

He can't be. Because what he did on Thursday night ... again ... was beyond fiction. He stepped to the plate batting .108, with Tampa Bay's season down to its final strike ... and he did it again?

He sliced a low liner of a gloriously colorful Tampa Bay rainbow that rifled into the seats just inside the right-field foul line to push the game into the 10th.

Then Mr. Triple Play, Evan Longoria, took it from there in the 12th, smashing a game-winning homer against Yankees reliever Scott Proctor within 10 minutes of Boston blowing one, final game in Baltimore.

And just like that, Tampa Bay's in.

Just moments after St. Louis staged the greatest comeback ever when Atlanta lost, the Rays topped them.

Tampa Bay's in.

It was unreal, unbelievable and for so long for the Rays, unattainable. They trailed 7-0 by the fifth. They were still trailing 7-0 in the eighth. Then they scored six runs, then came Johnson in the ninth and. ...

Dan Johnson? The guy is like the Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus. Daniel Ryan Johnson. In his fourth season, 31 years old. He shows up once or twice a year and ... wham!

When the Rays were staging their miracle World Series run in 2008, he clobbered a huge, late-season home run against Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in Fenway Park at a time when the young Rays were trying to believe in themselves. The homer sent the game into extra innings.

He belted a game-winning home run against Boston's Scott Atchison at Tropicana Field last August that helped the Rays' playoff bid.

He crushed two go-ahead home runs against Phil Hughes and the Yankees last September that helped pave the Rays' way to last October even more.

That should have been enough, right? I mean, who does this kind of thing? Who does he think he is, Gates Brown?

On one of the most exhilarating nights of baseball in memory, the playoff field is set.

Detroit at the Yankees and, incredibly, Tampa Bay at Texas.

And Arizona at Milwaukee and, yes, incredibly, St. Louis at Philadelphia.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Rays pass Boston, seize wild-card on wild night

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Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:09 am
 

Rays pass Boston, seize wild-card on wild night

If the ridiculous wild card plan that has been talked about was in effect this year, possibly the greatest night of regular season baseball wouldn't have happened.




Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 8:46 am
 

Rays pass Boston, seize wild-card on wild night

I couldn't be happier. Since their recent championships, Boston fans have become as obnoxious as Yankee fans. You reap what you sow.




Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:19 am
 

Rays pass Boston, seize wild-card on wild night

The Yankees earned the luxury of resting players. The Rays earned the honor of a playoff berth. The Red Sox and Braves didn't earn anything, but they got something handed to them. Playoff baseball is so much nicer without them, I hope the Yankees and Rays will face each other in the second round. All the talk and chest thumping through the season by the Red Sox nation is now over, the last wimpering few who don't have the brains or class enough to stop will be gone before the 1st pitch on Friday, when the 1st pitch of the playoffs is thrown.


Go Yankees!!! 



Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:57 am
 

Rays pass Boston, seize wild-card on wild night

To all the Boston fans that think it was fixed tonight....it was. We paid papelbon 20 cents to throw the game so we could coma back in the 12th. So thanks to the O's and especially "pap" for the help. Go Rays!



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:56 am
 

Unbelievable

One month ago, nobody would have believed that the Red Sox could have such an utter collapse, nor that the Rays could rise to the occasion yet again.  Either the collapse or the comback would have been ludicrous to consider on its own.  For both to happen at the same time, culminating mere minutes from each other with walk-off hits, defied odds simlar to those of winning Powerball.  

There are a lot of happy people down here in the Tampa Bay market tonight. 



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:15 am
 

Rays pass Boston, seize wild-card on wild night

Tim Kurkjian of ESPN pointed out that over 200,000 regular season MLB games have been played, but that Wednesday night may have been the single most incredible night in the history of the game.  I completely agree.  Not only did the Sox loss and Rays win occur within 2 minutes of each other, but the #1 and #2 biggest September collapses BOTH happened this year.  Both of those dubious marks occured within a half hour of each other, and both could just as easily have been avoided.  What an unbelievable night.  That was some of the best sports I've ever seen.



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:11 am
 

Rays pass Boston, seize wild-card on wild night

Proctor was the 11 th pitcher used and he had no one but possibly Noesis who started the other night. Who did you expect? Mariano..., c'mon ....


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