June 26, 2004



I should get credit, really.

For what? For not jumping too quickly on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays bandwagon.

Wait a little while, I've been telling myself. It wasn't too long ago that you were beating the drum for the Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning. And it wasn't long ago that I was jumping up and down about the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's only been a month or so that I wrote about going to see the Rays play the Rangers in front of a very sparse crowd.

Give blog readers a break, I told myself.

Time's up.

The Devil Rays are now playing .500 ball for the first time this late in the team's history. They're setting records and playing good ball. It's an amazing story that a lot of people outside of Tampa Bay are talking about.

Who knows where this will lead. I just know that everyone in my department at work was talking about going to the games this weekend. ESPN.com is calling them the "Rays of Hope." There's a buzz again, just like there was during the Lightning's run. People know how to cheer on a team. There's was a pep rally in St. Pete yesterday - and that was just for winning 12 games in a row!

Imagine what will happen if the Rays catch up to the Boston Red Sox. This town will come unglued.

Posted by Jeff at June 26, 2004 08:54 AM | TrackBack