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Rays-Athletics: Ryan Sweeney Snatches Victory from B.J. Upton's Bat

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 25:  BJ Upton #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays reacts to foul ball during game three of the 2008 MLB World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on October 25, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Trop TalkContributor IMay 21, 2009

We know, B.J.our thoughts exactly.


Ryan Sweeney is a destroyer of worlds. Another awful Scott Kazmir start has the rays down big and yet, the offense battles back to possibly save his rear end.

Down 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and Ben Zobrist on first, the hero from Kazmir’s last horrendous outing steps to the plate. B.J. Upton connects on a well-hit ball to left-center, where a ridiculously deep-playing Sweeney awaits.
Here was my thought process; see if you can tell when the ball was caught: "B.J.!!! HE DID IT AGAIN!...No way...no way...no way...NO WAY C’MON ARE YOU KIDDING ME???" That was the transition of a sure RBI triple to an ESPN Top Play nominee.

Oh well, that’s baseball. The Rays have only themselves to blame, or, more specifically, Kazmir. Though one could find fault in Aki Iwamura trying to tag on a very shallow fly ball, Fernando Perez-style.

Oh well, it was good to see Carlos Pena mash, Willy Aybar get hot, and the bullpen look good again (for the most part). Keeping it short today as I get ready to make my way out to Tropicana Field this afternoon. A loss here would be serious regression, as the Rays would drop three of four to a last-place team after taking three of four from another last-place team.

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