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Meet the Rays

Posted on: October 22, 2008 3:50 pm
 
The Tampa Bay Rays are hardly America’s team. Even in their own neighborhood, people still stumble through introductions.

Jon Gruden, head coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this week congratulated the “Devil” Rays for advancing to the World Series, which means he owes Rays president Matt Silverman a dollar for getting the name wrong, Silverman having established a buck as the fine for forgetting that the Rays chased the “Devil” away before the season.

Even after beating the Red Sox in a thrilling seven-game American League Championship Series, the general sporting public knows little about the Rays beyond the fact that they hit home runs in bunches – a record 16 in the ALCS – their manager, Joe Maddon, wears funny glasses, and they play in a dome, Tropicana Field, ringed by catwalks known to swallow baseballs like a high-altitude Bermuda Triangle.

Oh, and one other thing: They may be the most surprising entry in the 107 years the World Series has been played. No team with a more humble pedigree – or meager payroll – has ever advanced to baseball’s championship round.

For that reason, Yahoo! – with an assist from Rays catcher Shawn Riggans, who is sidelined with a knee injury but willing to undertake this task – is offering a “Who Are These Guys?” guide to the Rays that goes beyond name, number and stat line.

A word about Riggans: When he graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he was 5-foot-5, weighed 150 pounds and had been a backup on the baseball team. No one, pro or college, was interested in him continuing to play. He walked on at Florida International, the same school that produced 2007 World Series MVP Mike Lowell, and was relegated to bullpen-catcher duty. He transferred to Indian River Community College and played well enough that the Rays took a flier, drafting him in the 24th round.

The Tampa Bay Rays are hardly America’s team. Even in their own neighborhood, people still stumble through introductions.

Jon Gruden, head coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this week congratulated the “Devil” Rays for advancing to the World Series, which means he owes Rays president Matt Silverman a dollar for getting the name wrong, Silverman having established a buck as the fine for forgetting that the Rays chased the “Devil” away before the season.

Even after beating the Red Sox in a thrilling seven-game American League Championship Series, the general sporting public knows little about the Rays beyond the fact that they hit home runs in bunches – a record 16 in the ALCS – their manager, Joe Maddon, wears funny glasses, and they play in a dome, Tropicana Field, ringed by catwalks known to swallow baseballs like a high-altitude Bermuda Triangle.

Oh, and one other thing: They may be the most surprising entry in the 107 years the World Series has been played. No team with a more humble pedigree – or meager payroll – has ever advanced to baseball’s championship round.

For that reason, Yahoo! – with an assist from Rays catcher Shawn Riggans, who is sidelined with a knee injury but willing to undertake this task – is offering a “Who Are These Guys?” guide to the Rays that goes beyond name, number and stat line.

A word about Riggans: When he graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he was 5-foot-5, weighed 150 pounds and had been a backup on the baseball team. No one, pro or college, was interested in him continuing to play. He walked on at Florida International, the same school that produced 2007 World Series MVP Mike Lowell, and was relegated to bullpen-catcher duty. He transferred to Indian River Community College and played well enough that the Rays took a flier, drafting him in the 24th round.

Credits to:

Gordon Edges of Yahoo!

Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2008 6:51 pm
 

Meet the Rays

Thanks for that.
LOL.  I'd like to forget them too, but I found the article as a good read.

(Go White and BoSox!) :(



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2008 4:29 pm
 

Meet the Rays

Nice blog unc.  However, I'm trying to forget the Rays, nevermind meet them.




Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2008 3:51 pm
 

Meet the Rays

Credits to:
Gordon Edes


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