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Closing out an amazing year

Not a whole lot to say here.

This year has been pretty memorable for my household. I won’t bore with details but it’s been a pretty darn good year!

As far as my Rays go, who could ask for more?

I know that the boys did not go far in the playoffs, but the way they fought through the month of September kind of softened the blow of an early playoff exit.

Game 162 ring a bell?

Greatest night of baseball ever.

I hope that all have a safe night tonight and I cannot wait to see what 2012 has in store for us all.

The countdown comes soon…

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This will be short.

I have no idea how this game will end. Nobody does.

But I can that I have never been prouder of my team. They won’t stop. They won’t quit.

They’ve been counted out for the entire season.

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year.

Wow.

Honestly, I’m hoping for a great Rays win here in the 11th. Robbie is teething and daddy needs some sleep.

But no matter what this has been a simply incredible year.

Go Rays.

Keeps Gettin Better

It has been a while. I’ve been watching the boys, but I’ve been watching MY boy more. Thus no writing.

Just saw Jed Lowrie strike out to put the Sox and Rays in a tie for the wild card. Amazing!

Who–other than a Rays fan–would have thought the Rays could be relevant this final week?

Heck, who thought they would be relevant this season!? Aren’t they supposed to be behind the Blue Jays in the AL East?

I could not be prouder to e a Rays fan now. And I am ecstatic that my son’s first season of baseball has the possibility of being so historic!!

It is a 2-game season folks. I’m excited. I am sure the same cannot be said of Sox fans.

Go get em Rays!!

It’s Been Awhile, but the Trade Deadline is Here!

Kids take alot of time.  Totally worth it…

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So what will the Rays do as the trade deadline looms? 

It seems that the Tampa Bay franchise is best when it avoids the big deal at the deadline.  The deals that make this team what is has been for the last four years or so are the deals that go unnoticed by the MLB public at large.  The Rays will likely end up picking up a guy off the waiver list and stand pat with what they have.

But, just in case…

WHO IS LIKELY GOING?

BJ Upton has already called the trade rumors about him “comical.”  It’s true.  A trade rumor about BJ is like all of the foreclosed houses in the area–omnipresent and depressing.

He’s a big talent, of course.  But he hasn’t utilized that talent at all, which makes him expendable.  Plus, he’s apt to make about $7 million in arbitration next year.

That REALLY makes him expendable. 

The best rumor I’ve heard is that he would go to the Nationals (they are doing things right in DC, aren’t they?) for their SS Ian Desmond and a catcher.  I’m a big fan of Desmond–of his speed, his power, and his youth.  Not many teams have strength at the SS position, so brining him to St. Pete would be great.

Let’s not forget that the Rays have Desmond Jennings, who is hitting .500 right now, primed to take BJ’s place. 

Oooooo, things do not look good for the underachieving Upton.

LIKELIHOOD: Medium

James Shields has had a TON of rumors about him.  The Reds seem to be the frontrunners in the “Big Game” sweepstakes.  However, I do not see the Rays, a team who is so shrewd when it comes to storing pitching, moving him.  His price next season will be $7 million, just like BJ, but that money for a solid #2 pitcher is much smarter to use than on a center fielder.

LIKELIHOOD: Miniscule

JP Howell has made a nice comeback from Tommy John surgery a few years ago, but he is not all the way back.  Nevertheless, there are suitors for the left-handed reliever.  They say that the Royals might want him back, but who wouldn’t want a strong lefty with a wicked curve in their bullpen?

LIKELIHOOD: Could Happen

Kyle Farnsworth has had a renaissance this season, becoming the closer the Rays thought they had lost when Rafael Soriano left town for the New York Yankees last season.  He would fetch a pretty penny on the market.  With the Rays falling out of the race, they can afford to experiment in the closer department.  Since Farnsie would ask for much more money next season, the Rays likely would not be able to afford him.  So…

LIKELIHOOD: Gone

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The bottom line is that the Rays listen to deals on all of its players.  Jeremy Hellickson has been mentioned in trades, but there is no way he’s going anywhere.  That doesn’t mean the Rays won’t listen.

Tomorrow will be a big day.  4 pm Eastern Time is the drop dead time, and it will be fun to guess about who is going where.  Unfortunately, for Rays fans, anyway, no matter what deals are done they will not lead to October. 

But next season, who knows…

First Mobile Post! Draft Day!!

This is not going to be a long one. No jokes please…

I’m putting up a post while holding Robbie–no small feat–while also watching the draft. Of course, not many people care about the MLB draft because there are never any immediate returns. You typically have to wait several years before any of these guys start showing up in the majors.

That’s ok with me.

The MLB draft is one of hope. It is strategic. It is vital to trams such as the Rays, Pirates, and Royals. A poor draft hurts for a few years.

What I’m thinking tonight:
–The Rays have the #2 ranked farm system in MLB!

–the Yanks have the #5 system! That is a surprise!!

–the Rays have 10 picks in the first 60.

–this draft is possible because of the departures of top free agents Carl, Carlos, Wheeler, and Soriano. Their losses hurt BUT we hve a team in 3rd place without them AND will infuse the 2nd best system out there with 12 more picks in the first 89! The future looks good!!

–I’d like to see the Rays get a few starters, a SS, and a power hitting 1b. That will be a strong draft for sure.

–I’m keeping an eye out for a local product from the high school down the street (can’t remember the name). Strong pitcher. Strong hitter.

So the draft starts with two pitchers going. Not a surprise!

Go Rays.

What a Crazy Season (so far…)!

So you may know that I am in the midst–actually the very very early stages–of raising a son.

Who knew it would be so tough!?

Ok, most of you parents knew.  I didn’t.

No, this isn’t a post about my kid.  This is more of a reflection of how the first quarter of this season has gone for my Rays.

I haven’t been able to post as much as I have the last few years, which has been tough to stomach.  Luckily, my excuse is pretty solid.  But now that I come back to put up a post I see that we have switched over to WordPress and everything seems to have changed!

Awesome!

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What I’m really happy about is the fact that I can sit here and type as a fan of the #1 team in the AL East!

(At least until the Boston/Chicago game is over)

Did anybody actuallly think that the Rays would be sitting atop the toughest division in baseball at this point in the season?  I didn’t, and I LOVE these guys.

The question marks heading into the season have been less of an issue than I thought they would.

BULLPEN

The Rays have one of the strongest bullpens in the entire league, yet you would be hardpressed to name more than 2 guys in it.

Yeomen such as Joel Peralta, Kyle Farnsworth, Cesar Ramos, and Juan Cruz have all conspired to make many fans and experts look like fools for thinking that the loss of EVERYBODY from last year’s ‘pen was going to be the beginning of the Rays’ demise before the season saw its first pitch.

Ha!

Instead, this group of guys has rarely had a bad outing and is among the league leaders in Bullpen ERA. 

LINEUP

I can’t say that the Rays lineup has been the murderer’s row it has been the last few season.  But they ain’t that bad.

And, bear in mind, that they have played almost the entire season without the services of the best 3rd baseman in the league: Evan Longoria!  Even when he has been in the lineup, he hasn’t been himself.  At last check, he was hitting just .220 with only a couple of dingers.  He is NOT himself right now.

But the Rays keep winning.

I won’t talk about the joke of a baseball player who quit on himself, his fans, his team, and his sport in the early stages of the year.

Instead, I’ll mention the work done by guys like Elliot Johnson, Johnny Damon, Casey Kotchman, Matt Joyce, and “Super” Sam Fuld.  Each one has had a huge hit this season at one point or another, and the Rays would not have their 25 win total without any one of those guys. 

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I do not know what the rest of the season holds. 

Who knows?  We all might be blogging with some sort of holographic device before October hits.

What I do know is that these Tampa Bay Rays have laid it all on the line so far, and there is no indication their success will end any time soon.

Wow, what a season!