Video, Twitter Reaction for Tampa Bay Rays Celebrating Trip to the ALDS

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Video, Twitter Reaction for Tampa Bay Rays Celebrating Trip to the ALDS

With great pitching and some Joe Maddon magic, the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, 4-0, in the American League Wild Card Game to advance to the ALDS.

Reaction from fans, analysts and the players themselves immediately began flooding Twitter feeds.

Eccentric closer Fernando Rodney was on the mound to nail down the victory. His strikeout of Lonnie Chisenhall ignited the celebration:

Courtesy of MLB.com

Understandably, the official account of the Rays was excited about the team continuing their 2013 season:

Tampa Bay previously stared elimination in the face on Sunday and Monday. Evidently, those other dramatic experiences didn't exhaust this team, whose members couldn't keep still after recording the 27th out, as noted by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:

Courtesy of MLB.com

That wasn't the end of it, of course. Topkin shows us that the victors brought their party into the visitors' clubhouse:

Right-hander Alex Cobb received special treatment from his Tampa Bay teammates. His 6.2 shutout innings pitched didn't go unnoticed.

Here is the soon-to-be 26-year-old getting drenched with extra refreshments.

h/t Cork Gaines

Chewbacca's cameo after Monday's tiebreaker.

Looks like these guys thoroughly enjoyed themselves, but sadly, it appears that Chewbacca wasn't involved in the shenanigans. There was a sighting at Rangers Ballpark on Monday (h/t SB Nation).

The next challenge for the Rays will be a best-of-five series against the Boston Red Sox, a juggernaut who led the American League in regular-season wins and went 12-7 against them this year.

However, if the players are half as confident as the fanbase, expect an upset:

That ALDS matchup kicks off on Friday at 3:07 p.m. ET. TBS will have the coverage, as well as that for other games throughout the MLB postseason.

 

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