The American League East, already the toughest division in baseball, now has a blindside. Meaning there is a team that could blindside the Yankees and Red Sox right out of the playoffs. This team could come on just as cold, as it could hot and don’t even realize the most powerful force is themselves.
This team is the Tampa Bay Rays.
To be honest, I have been trying to figure out the Rays the last three seasons, and pretty sure the Ray have been just as confused themselves. I can confirm that this team is stacked with young, talented and raw baseball players.
Names like Pena, Crawford, Longoria, Upton…..are just four players on the roaster of the talent packed Tampa Bay Rays.
To best describe the Rays, read this quote from Babe Ruth who said it best,
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club wont be worth a dime. – Babe Ruth
In 2008, the Rays made it all the way to the World Series a first for the organization, but surely not the last. Losing to Phillies in the end did not damper their impact.
This Ray ball-club was hungry, fresh and kept teams on their toes. Manager Joe Madden utilized the players, with inexperience being their sole weakness that season.
Coming into 2009 the Rays were reigning AL Champions and finally a stadium of regular Rays fans. The Yankees and Red Sox were scared for good reason.
It was no longer their division to fight for every year.