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:
I love when Rodney shoots the arrow— Austin Tolle ⚾ (@ATolle4) October 3, 2013
WEARING MY CAP LIKE RODNEY DOING THE BOW AND ARROW RAYS ADVANCE!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/4u4BS6T798— Jill NYRANGERSLANDER (@PelfreyProblems) October 3, 2013
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:
#Rays celebrating in a group near the mound. Maddon and coaches sharing hugs along base line— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 3, 2013
That wasn't the end of it, of course. Topkin shows us that the victors brought their party into the visitors' clubhouse:
Silly string is such a Tampa Bay Rays thing.— Andrew Owens (@BGI_AndrewOwens) October 3, 2013
TampaBay celebrates their WildCard win with silly string. That's awesome! #mlbplayoffs— Eddie Segarra (@ESegarra86) October 3, 2013
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.
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:
Great win for the Rays tonight, look out Boston, here they come, ready to win— James Ealy (@JamesEaly) October 3, 2013
Rays on their way to destroy boston!— Dan Price (@upsideofdown12) October 3, 2013
Pretty excited for rays vs Red Sox!! Let's go rays!! @RaysBaseball— justin grani (@JustinGrani) October 3, 2013
#Rays, are hungry. Beware, Boston— Rebecca (@RebeccaPeta) October 3, 2013
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.