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Tampa Bay Rays (official thread)

Discussion in 'Professional Baseball' started by LoKyBuckeye, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    10 Reasons why this will be a World Series worth watching

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ratings-wise, without a team from New York or Chicago or L.A. or Boston, the World Series will not be a TV bonanza. Figure something a lot closer to a re-run of The Steve Harvey Show than to American Idol.
    Baseball-wise, though, a Series between the Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays is intriguing on a lot of fronts -- not the least of which is that it features no teams from New York or Chicago or L.A. or Boston. This will be a Series filled with fresh faces, different skylines and new storylines, a best-of-seven on Eastern Time. It might not play in San Francisco or Seattle. But, heck, they don't play much ball there, anyway.
    Here are 10 reasons that this year's World Series -- Game 1 is on Wednesday night at St. Pete's Tropicana Field, the first Series game in a fixed-roof stadium in the wild-card era -- might be worth watching:

    1. Worst to first
    The Rays have been the best story in baseball this year. Never before winners, now in the World Series, the Rays are trying to become the first team in major league history -- the first in North America's four major professional sports, in fact -- to go from the worst record in its league one year to winning a championship the next.
    The list of teams that have gone from worst to the championship, only to lose: the 1991 Braves (fell to the Twins in the World Series), the 1958-59 Minneapolis Lakers (to the Celtics in the NBA Finals), the 1949-50 New York Rangers (to the Red Wings for the Stanley Cup) and the 1958-59 Maple Leafs (to the Canadiens).

    2. The 28-year itch
    When you're talking about bad teams, you have to start with the Phillies. Their last World Series title, in 1980, remains their only World Series title. And they've been playing baseball in Philadelphia since 1883, when the Quakers went 17-81.
    The Phillies once went 16 straight years without a winning record. Last year they became the first professional team to lose 10,000 games. "I don't know too much about 10,000 losses," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said at the time. "I try and concentrate on the wins."

    3. Joe and Charlie
    Probably no two managers in the game are more different in style than the Phillies' Manuel and the Rays' Joe Maddon. They both come from working-class towns -- Manuel from Northfork, West Va., and Maddon from Hazleton, Pa. -- but where Manuel exudes a rural and homespun vibe, Maddon seems worldly and erudite.
    Maddon often bikes to work, even when he's on the road. Manuel looks as if he would want nothing to do with a bike. No one eschews the sacrifice bunt more than Maddon. Manuel's team is among the foremost practitioners of it. Maddon always seems cool and under control. When he was in Japan, Manuel was known as the Red Devil for his temper.
    These guys are different. And different is almost always good, or at least almost always entertaining.

    4. Cole Hamels
    The Phillies have a few glamour players -- last year's National League MVP, for example, shortstop Jimmy Rollins -- but none matches the potential of Hamels, the team's left-handed ace.
    Hamels, 24, started two games in the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers, gave up 11 hits in 14 innings, struck out 13 and won both games, including a start against the Brewers in the Division Series, Hamels -- scheduled to start Game 1 against Tampa -- is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA this postseason.

    5. Matt Garza

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    Entire article: 10 Reasons why Phillies-Rays will be a Series worth watching - John Donovan - SI.com
     
  2. Nutriaitch

    Nutriaitch Retired Super Hero

    don't have a horse in this race.
    prolly gonna pull for Tampa just because of the underdog factor.
    Plus, the world would probably stop spinning if Philly ever actually won something.
     
  3. billmac91

    billmac91 Senior

    it's unfortunate we can't all be in the stadium to hear former WWF wrestling star Brian Knobbs (1/2 of the duo-Nasty Boys) when he comes on the big screen asking for noise. Quite humorous.

    For making the World Series, Tampa deserves a new stadium...the Trop is a dump.
     
  4. Jake

    Jake They took the bar! ‘17 The Deuce Champ '18 The Deuce Champ Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Interesting factoid from the All Star game that gave the Rays home field advantage:

    WP - Scott Kazmir
    LP - Brad Lidge
    GWRBI - Evan Longoria

    The AS game was Lidge's only loss all season.
     
  5. Mr_Burns

    Mr_Burns Junior

    Pretty cool, I didn't know that. Gives a little validation to the way they go about deciding home field.

    I still think they should reward the team with the better overall record. I know that they wanted people to care about the All Star game, but I think crediting a team's body of work throughout an entire season makes more sense.

    Imagine winning 100-105 games in a season and losing home field advantage to an 85 win team just because some guy in the other league hit a home run in the 14th inning of an All-Star game.
     
  6. Jake

    Jake They took the bar! ‘17 The Deuce Champ '18 The Deuce Champ Fantasy Baseball Champ

    I think home field should go to the best record but it was an odd coincidence how it happened to play out this year.
     
  7. Flocka

    Flocka Where you going? NOWHERE!

    Howard is getting twerked this post season.
     
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  8. sepia5

    sepia5 JoePa apologists = Pendejo

    Strike Zones have been constantly expanding and retracting in these 2008 playoffs.
     
  9. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    re:

    Ugh..more God Bless America bullshit.
     
  10. Flocka

    Flocka Where you going? NOWHERE!

    :tibor:
     
  11. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy

    Any Phillies fans on this board?
     
  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Ugh...yet another [​IMG][​IMG] post from tibor75.....:sad2:
     
  13. OHSportsFan

    OHSportsFan Fan of Ohio Sports in Indy

    no?

    damn elitist boards and their lack of diversity.
     
  14. Jake

    Jake They took the bar! ‘17 The Deuce Champ '18 The Deuce Champ Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Rays needed to win game two and they did it. How huge has rookie September call up David Price been for Tampa Bay?
     
  15. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Maddon is articulate and can form complete sentences, while Manuel grunts, say's 'uhhh' a lot, then concludes that his player are either 'doing good,' or could 'do good(er).'

    Fucking hell! Listening to Manuel in his press conferences is painful. Three questions in and I want to jab an icepick through my eardrum.
     

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