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Oct 18, 2021
The 2021 season was not a failure

The 2021 season was not a failure

Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via But that doesn’t lessen the sting. Last Friday morning, a full three and a half days after the brutal Game Four ALDS loss and well after the raw sadness of defeat was, I thought, behind me, I found myself sobbing in a dog park. I had queued up a nerdy, non-baseball podcast (on foreign policy, about as far from baseball as you can get) and set out with my dog for our daily stroll. Catching up on world events seemed like a good way to rejoin the wider world after a week of intense baseball focus. Well wouldn’t you know that...
Oct 15, 2021
GDT: Championship Series edition

GDT: Championship Series edition

Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Do one of these teams have to win? Houston and Boston. Los Angeles and Atlanta. Lots of Rays connections. No Rays. Something that a lot of folks miss (that Emma nails perfectly):The Rays Way is not being cheap. That’s Stu’s way (based on some actual imbalance in revenue structure around MLB markets)The Rays Way is innovation, player development, and full roster contributions https://t.co/kVYCPOouSq— Darby Robinson (@darby_robinson) October 15, 2021 Who you got?
Oct 15, 2021
Rays discussed trading a centerfielder to New York at the trade deadline

Rays discussed trading a centerfielder to New York at the trade deadline

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ This revelation is courtesy of the NY Post. As the dust from the season begins to settle in the AL East, there will start to be interesting tidbits that went unpublished that will finally be revealed. Today we got one such instance from the NY Post, courtesy of Joel Sherman. In discussing possible trade destinations for Joey Gallo, who has one year left on his rookie contract that should pay him approximately $10 million next season, Sherman first highlighted a team that had interest in him at the trade deadline: the Tampa Bay Rays. It should...
Oct 13, 2021
View from the Catwalks: The San Francisco Longos are our last hope

View from the Catwalks: The San Francisco Longos are our last hope

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports Willy’s Brewers fall to the Braves, and the Astro oust the White Sox. Which means the Giants are our last hope. Evil is triumphing over good all over the place in the LDS. The Braves knocked off the Brewers yesterday while Astros dispatched the White Sox. Meanwhile, late last night the Dodgers forced Game Five against the Giants. Game Five will be Thursday at 9:07 PM. “This is what baseball wants.” “This is what baseball wants.”#Dodgers. Giants. Game 5.Dave Roberts with a few of his takeaways following tonight's win....
Oct 12, 2021
The top performances of the Rays 2021 postseason

The top performances of the Rays 2021 postseason

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports The Rays postseason came to an abrupt end last night, as the American League’s top seeded team fell to the Red Sox in back-to-back walk off losses. It hurts, and it’s going to for a while. Many players the Rays depended on in the regular season — Brandon Lowe, Mike Zunino, Nelson Cruz, Drew Rasmussen, Collin McHugh, and Shane McClanahan, among others — struggled in various capacities. But it wasn’t all poor performances. Across the four games of the ALDS, several Rays players also rose to meet the moment. Here’s our top...
Oct 12, 2021
ALDS Game 4 Instant Reaction: DRaysBay Playoff Podcast Series

ALDS Game 4 Instant Reaction: DRaysBay Playoff Podcast Series

Photo by Winslow Townson/ Disappointed, but not dejected. I’ll be honest, I thought we’d be doing a lot more of these. I had everything organized for another deep postseason run, with incredible guests lined up to join me and Danny. Instead, Jared and I react to the end of the season. A season that saw the Rays win 100 games, a postseason in which Randy stole home, Jordan Luplow hit a grand slam, a ball ricocheted off of Hunter Renfroe’s thigh, and Wander Franco truly became the star we all thought he could become. It’s tough, and we don’t want to make...
Oct 12, 2021
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Wrapping up the season

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Wrapping up the season

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ How did the team’s top prospects perform in 2021? Last week, Durham wrapped up the Rays’ minor league season, and it was a successful one: The 2021 Rays.MLB: Best record in ALAAA: 3rd-best record in full-season MiLB. Champs. Final Stretch ChampsAA: Lost in champ seriesHiA: Best record in full-season MiLB. ChampsLoA: 2nd-best record in full-season MiLB. ChampsR: Best record. Champs.https://t.co/xjCXISjM4O— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) October 4, 2021 In the minors, individual performance is more important than team performance, and the...
Oct 11, 2021
Rays 5 Red Sox 6: Not with a bang but a whimper

Rays 5 Red Sox 6: Not with a bang but a whimper

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Team eliminated from ALDS Many of us had cleared our October calendars for a long playoff run. We had our Game 5 tickets. We had our ALCS tickets. But it’s over tonight, and somehow the Rays — a 100 win team that dominated baseball’s strongest division, couldn’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs. Although the Rays were eliminated in four games, this was a close series. Each team had one dominant game, and the last two were coin flips. The first inning for the Rays seemed to presage what would be a tough night. Randy...
Oct 11, 2021
ALDS Game 4 Game Diary: The Hope that Kills You

ALDS Game 4 Game Diary: The Hope that Kills You

Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via I ain’t watching all this. I’m happy for you tho. Or sad that it happened It’s 15 minutes into this game and it’s already broken me. The game started off with Randy Arozarena lacing a liner that Hunter Renfroe is able to snare miraculously. So now Hunter can field his position?! It’s like Angels in the Outfield come to life and is happening and instead of Tony Danza getting one last run because he’s about to die, it’s Hunter Renfroe being granted perfection to singlehandedly destroy the Rays for the entire 2021...
Oct 11, 2021
GDT: Looks like they’re all must-wins from now on!

GDT: Looks like they’re all must-wins from now on!

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports A very real chance that this will be the last Rays game of 2021. Go Rays!
Oct 11, 2021
Tickets are now on sale for potential Rays American League Championship Series

Tickets are now on sale for potential Rays American League Championship Series

Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via The ALCS begins in four days. In case the Rays are in, you can get your tickets now. The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that tickets go on sale today for the potential American League Championship Series, scheduled to start on Friday, October 15. With the best regular season record in the American League, the Rays would host Game 1 and Game 2 (Saturday, October 16), and Games 6 and 7 (Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23), if necessary. Season Members and Rays Insiders subscribed to email newsletters were offered the...
Oct 11, 2021
ALDS Game 3 Instant Reaction: DRaysBay Playoff Podcast Series

ALDS Game 3 Instant Reaction: DRaysBay Playoff Podcast Series

Photo by Winslow Townson/ All to play for. Well, I guess that happened. I was out of commission tonight (not due to devastation), so Danny Russell and Jamal Wilburg are here to give their thoughts on Game 3. In what was a truly exciting game, a classic in the all-time series between these two teams, it came down to one of the strangest, and perhaps unfair plays I’ver ever seen in a baseball game. Now, that’s in the past. And Game 4 is tonight at Fenway Park. What will it take for the Rays to win and bring this series back to the Trop for what would surely be an...
Oct 10, 2021
ALDS game 3 Diary: I Watched Over 5 Hours of Baseball for That Ending?

ALDS game 3 Diary: I Watched Over 5 Hours of Baseball for That Ending?

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Red Sox win in 13 innings after controversial call costs Rays a run late. Lineups are set and the series is tied 1-1. Let’s see who emerges with the lead after Game 3. #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/pMeiO5iidn— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 10, 2021 At home with these guys. pic.twitter.com/Ls3chDpoxn— Red Sox (@RedSox) October 10, 2021 1st Inning Wander Franco gets on base with a one out single. He just continues to get on base game after game after game. Up next came Austin Meadows who has had some...
Oct 10, 2021
ALDS Game 3 - Rays 4, Red Sox 6 - I don’t like Rule 5.05(a)(8)

ALDS Game 3 - Rays 4, Red Sox 6 - I don’t like Rule 5.05(a)(8)

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via After 13 innings and nine pitchers used, the Rays have two must-win games ahead of them. The American League Division Series is even at one game apiece after the Red Sox victory Friday night. Drew Rasmussen is on the mound for the Rays against Nate Eovaldi for Boston. #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/pMeiO5iidn— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 10, 2021 Wander Fracno was able to get on base in the top of the first with a single after Brandon Lowe struck out. Austin Meadows was up, swinging at the first pitch to him...
Oct 10, 2021
GDT: I already miss the dome

GDT: I already miss the dome

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The True Friendly Confines Go Rays!