Just the links this morning. We should have more later.


  • Just in case you missed all the links in our “Happy Hour” edition yesterday afternoon, here is the link. [Rays Index]
  • Joe Maddon still hasn’t announced the rotation for the World Series, but look for Scott Kazmir to get the game 1 start followed by James Shields and Matt Garza. [MLB]
  • Charlie Manuel first tough decision in picking a DH for game 1, which could affect the postseason roster. [Beerleaguer]
  • The RAYSHEAD Army is growing and we couldn’t be more proud. [Newsday]
  • ALCS game 7 was the most watched baseball game ever to be shown on a cable network. [Awful Announcing]
  • Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe tries desperately to find a silver lining for Red Sox fans. Ryan wants Red Sox fans to realize that the team overcame a lot just to get to game 7 of the ALCS…That is all fine and dandy, but that means nothing right now. it might mean something in a few months, but not now. The truth is, the Red Sox were in game 7 and they lost. End of story. It doesn’t matter how they got there. The Red Sox had one shot at glory and flushed it down the toilet. [Boston Globe]
  • Sox and Pinstripes takes a fairly even-handed look back at the ALCS. [Sox and Pinstripes]
  • The Hardball Times looks at why the Rays beat the Red Sox. [The Hardball Times]
  • Cliff Corcoran of SI.com takes a look at 4 things we learned about the Rays in the ALCS. [SI.com]
  • Marc Lancaster says there is a sense in Philadelphia that the Phillies caught a break when the Red Sox lost. [Tampa Tribune]
  • John Romano puts the Rays season in a historical context. [St. Pete Times]
  • One Red Sox writer lost a bet on the ALCS and is now sporting a beautiful Rayhawk. [Bugs and Cranks]
  • Gary Shelton says it had to be the Phillies. It is only fitting that the Rays go for their first World Series title against a team from Philadelphia. [St. Pete Times]
  • The Joe Maddon song of the week, should be song of the year. [the somewhat manly nerd]
  • Last week one Red Sox site tried to compare the Red Sox to Rocky. That one was lost on us. This week David Chalk compares members of the Phillies to characters from Rocky movies. This one makes more sense. [Bugs and Cranks]
  • Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune joins the growing wave of national media that recognizes the Rays are not going to be a one-hit wonder. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel also looks at the future and says Evan Longoria was a big part of the “master plan”. [Orlando Sentinel]
  • Several members of the Rays chat it up in “The Dugout” after winning the ALCS. [Fanhouse]
  • SI.com wonders if the economy can have a positive impact on the World Series ratings. [SI.com]
  • The Boston Herald talks about David Price’s role in the ALCS and preparing for the World Series. [Boston Herald]
  • One of the writers from Oh, It’s THOSE Girls guest posts at Bugs and Cranks on the struggle of rooting for two of her former Twinkies, Jason Bartlett and Matt Garza…Speaking of which. Not sure where we first heard this, but shouldn’t Garza’s sports psychologist have been named the ALCS MVP? Maybe he/she deserves a playoff share? [Bugs and Cranks]
  • Another article trying to convince baseball fans that Phillies and Rays is a good series including “The Greatest Team Turnaround Story in the History of Modern Sports.” [ESPN]
  • After losing to Tampa Bay squads twice before in quest for championships, a Phillies fan is hoping the third time is a charm…Or as we like to say, three is a pattern. [Bugs and Cranks]
  • One Cleveland Indians fan is jumping on the Rays Bandwagon. [Kanka’s Sports Page]
  • The Rays have released Jorge Velandia from the Durham Bulls. Velandia appeared in 14 games for the Devil Rays in 2007. [Baseball America]
  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Red Sox may have gone to the World Series with Manny Ramirez, but that trading him was the right thing to do for the “greater good”…If by “greater good” he means bringing the Pink Hat Nation back down a peg, then we completely agree. [Boston Globe]



  1. Hazleton (PA) Jason says:

    Tampa Bay sports: Ruining Philadelphia championship dreams since December 29th, 1979------LET'S GO RAYS!!!!

  2. Scott says:

    Your Game 6 game time is wrong; MLB and FOX agreed to move the game back to 8:30 because of Barack Obama's 1/2-hour buy at 8PM that night.

  3. Possum Avenger says:

    nice job in the deadspin piece cork.

  4. DirtbagFan says:

    who on earth prioritizes politics (of the liberal nature none-the-less)over sports?

    sheesh, what a warped world!

  5. Kanka says:

    Thanks for the link! I wish I had time to read team-specific blogs (outside of following my Indians), because I know Rays Index would be high on the list.

    Good luck and Go Rays!


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