How amazing is that to type right now?
No more Tropicana Field.
No more loud annoying cowbells.
No more Evan Longoria.
No more bandwagon, arrogant Rays fans.
No...more...Tampa...Bay...Rays...for the remainder...of the 2009 season.
Just let it sink in for a little bit longer.
The Red Sox officially destroyed all hope that was left on that team by completing the three-game, two-day sweep in classic style. The sweep tied the season series at nine games a piece.
Pitching dominated and flourished with Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester, the trio that'll more than likely be the big three in October (but lets not jump ahead of ourselves).
Here is what they all did:
Beckett's pitching line: 5 innings pitched (rain shortened), 4 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, Won 15-6 record
Buchholz's pitching line: 7 IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, no decision
Lester's pitching line: 8.0 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts, W 13-7
Boston's pitching staff allowed two runs in the series as the bullpen has been flawless. The dominance needs to continued as the Los Angeles Angels come to town next.
Because of the sweep, the Rays have dropped their last 11 straight and are closing in at the .500 mark, now 72-71 and 19.5 games back in the American League East as they are officially out of playoff contention in the division, but are not in the red yet in the AL Wild Card.
How sweet it is to see the Rays being their old selves once again. You know, before they decided to become a contending team in 2007.
It took until September for it too all go down, literally, but as a Red Sox fan it's the best victory. Sox fans rather see their team play the New York Yankees than the Rays. It's the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, not Red Sox/Rays.
And at least fans from both teams know about the past and present of their club. They know baseball and have been fans for years.
Are there Tampa Bay fans who were following the team since its creation in 1998?
Probably one fan and that's it. Sorry to the one fan, but no need to apologize for the rest.
Boston can solely focus on the big prize of a playoff berth and need to keep ahead of the Texas Rangers. Another team down, another team to go.
Bring it on.