Commenter Beth made a great find with this piece written by Adam Kilgore of the Boston Globe. While Kilgore does give the Rays some credit towards the end for sweeping the Red Sox, the first 6-7 paragraphs gives credit only to Tropicana Field.
Forgive the Red Sox if they were tempted to board their charter last night still wearing their uniforms, while the cowbells still rang in their ears and the fluorescent lights still stung their eyes. Forgive them if they ran from this place screaming. Forgive them for doing anything to leave behind Tropicana Field as fast as they could…It is a baseball diamond trapped inside a demented theme park, where catwalks hang and cowbells clang. Playing here feels weird for invaders. It feels like home for the Rays.
This is the second time in a week that we have heard the opposition openly complain about The Trop. And we love it. We have to admit, the cowbells used to be a little annoying. But if they bother the Red Sox and Yankees, we say keep ‘em ringing.
As Beth correctly points out, where were all these advantages for the Rays prior to the 2008 season? We don’t remember any of the writers complaining in the “Devil Rays” years.
Of course back then, the writers could have their story submitted by the 5th inning, leaving plenty of time to visit Mons Venus after the game.
Razed [Boston Globe]