July 02, 2004



Bob Andelman of E-MailTheRays.com sends along this great note pointing out that not only does Boston have to worry about the Tampa Bay Devil Rays coming at them from below, they also have a healthy passel of Devil Rays playing for the first-place New York Yankees to squeeze them as well:

This paragraph is from today’s New York Times account of last night’s game between New York and Boston was too funny not to share. Maybe Steinbrenner’s folks think their farm team is in St. Petersburg, not Tampa:

“With two outs and nobody on, Ruben Sierra had singled and (ex-Ray) Miguel Cairo had doubled him home. (Ex-Ray John) Flaherty, batting .153, knew he would bat for (ex-Ray Tanyon) Sturtze and had been taking practice swings. He felt comfortable and slammed a 3-1 slide onto the left-field warning track, scoring (ex-Ray) Cairo and giving the Yankees the sweep they craved. The sting of Boston's April dominance is gone.”

[Devil Rays G.M.] Chuck Lamar probably is entitled to some form of steady compensation here, don’t you think?

So Boston was done in by the YankRays. And adding to the ignominy of it, we heard an ESPN host last night mention something to the effect of Boston needing to start worrying about Tampa Bay breathing down its neck for the wild-card! It was hilarious enough to make that ridiculous 14-0 loss to Toronto completely forgettable.

Posted by Jeff at July 2, 2004 07:38 AM

As the Rev. Joe, I like to call them simply the Rays and not refer to the Devil part of the moniker.

Posted by: The Rev. Joe at July 2, 2004 05:20 PM

Forgive me father, for I have sinned.

Posted by: Jeff at July 2, 2004 06:52 PM