Devil Rays 5, Orioles 4.
Don’t the Devil Rays know they are not supposed to win games like have recently?

Don’t they know they are not supposed to come from behind to win a game? Don’t they know they are supposed to lose a game in extra-innings after teasing us by tying it in the 9th? Don’t they know the bullpen is not supposed to throw 4 scoreless innings when the game is tied or winning by 1? Don’t they know the Devil Rays are the team that gives up 11 runs in an inning? Don’t they know they aren’t supposed to beat the Orioles, a team they should beat on a consistent basis? And they should at least know they aren’t supposed to beat them two nights in a row. And don’t they know they are not supposed to win games on the road? And they sure as hell are supposed to know that they are not supposed to win 5 of 6?

Don’t look now, but the Devil Rays are only 6 games behind the O’s for 4th place in the AL East. They have made up 5 games in the last 10. And the Rays are now only 4 games behind the White Sox for the worst record in baseball. This was a team that at one point looked like they could lose 105 games. Now they would have to fall flat on their face to lose 100, needing only 10 wins in their last 29 to avoid the dubious feet.

We don’t blame you if you have already given up on the 2007 Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but for the first time all season, this team is fun to watch. This is the team we dreamed of back in March when we had delusions of grandeur.

Suddenly our Derrick Brooks jersey, shredded Bucs hat and of course our lucky Sunday-red boxers just got one more week in the closet.

DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA

  • Joe Maddon says that he and Steve Henderson are not the reason for the recent surge in scoring, stating that their message has been the same all along. Rather he believes that the young players are finally absorbing what has been taught. [TBO]

“It comes down to this: When the student is ready, the teacher’s going to appear,” Maddon said. “You can say this stuff for years, and you have to keep saying it until it hits. Until, boom, it finds the mark…For years, as a player, I used to think my coaches were idiots because they were so redundant. But I was the idiot, because I could not grasp what they were trying to tell me.”

  • Bill Simmons attended a Red Sox-Devil Rays game at the Trop. Would “The Sports Guy” finally set the record straight and tell the world what we already know…the the Trop is not that bad and is actually a good place to watch a baseball game? Nope. No, Simmons went for the cheap laugh and played to the stereotypes. [ESPN]
  • Of course, Bill Simmons then somehow defends the greatness of Red Sox fans by ridiculing all the bandwagon members of Red Sox Nation, and their ignorance for the game of baseball. [ESPN]

[Narrator] There was a time, a time before Pink Hats and green jerseys. When the World Wide Leader reigned supreme. When people believed everything they heard on ESPN.com. This was an age when only real fans were allowed to read “Page 2″. And in the blogosphere, one blogger was more man then the rest. His name was Bill Simmons. He was like a god walking amongst mere mortals. He made jokes that could make a wolverine purr and typed words so fine they made Truman Capote look like a hobo. In other words, Bill Simmons was the balls.

  • Jordi at The Serious Tip takes Bill Simmons to task, and rightfully so.

Simmons resorts to taking cheap shot after cheap shot at an organization that has struggled for respect in a division steeped with tradition

  • Joe Torre is afraid that Mike Mussina cannot handle the Devil Rays. Mussina will be replaced in the rotation by Ian Kennedy on Saturday against the Rays. In the past, this would be viewed as opportunity to get a veteran pitcher back on track. [River Ave. Report]
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