ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Just one game down in this World Series, but make no mistake, Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria isn't messing around.
Shortly after Philadelphia beat the Rays 3-2 in Game 1, Longoria called Game 2 a "must-win" situation for his team.
"It's obvious, in my opinion, that this is a must-win game for us," Longoria said.
He added: "Not to put any added pressure on myself or the rest of the guys, but we've got to come to the ballpark and throw it all out there."
The Rays are very comfortable with "Big Game" James Shields set to start Thursday night against Philadelphia's Brett Myers, and again with Matt Garza, the hottest postseason pitcher this side of Cole Hamels, slated to start Game 3 against Jamie Moyer.
"This guy, as a team, is the guy we probably want on the hill," Longoria said. "With him and Garza, we've got a chance to win two in a row."
Like nearly every one of his teammates, Longoria did not think the World Series hoopla affected the Rays.
"I thought, actually, the vibe and the feeling in the clubhouse was more relaxed than in the ALCS," he said of the Rays' recently completed win over Boston. "That's just my thought.
"We played a very good baseball game overall. They just had one more opportunity and cashed in on it."