Despite starting the season with the third lowest opening day payroll in baseball ($62 million or so), the Rays finished the year with the eighth best record in the game. That earned them a tie of the second AL wild-card spot. They beat the Rangers in the tiebreaker game and the Indians in the wild-card game before advancing to the ALDS and getting eliminated by the Red Sox. Tuesday night's loss was a disappointing end to an otherwise successful year. Let's pay our last respects.
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