Ahh, the thrill of victory.
Joe can never get enough hugs from buxom women, or enough of sticking it to the Red Sox and the 15,000 or so of their fans that pumped some quality hate into the FruitDome last night.
So what if Matt Garza was throwing batting practice. So what if Willy Aybar is the worst cleanup hitter in the American League. And so what if Joe Maddon rolled out his safety squeeze at precisely the wrong time.
It all worked out perfectly. The Rays won 6-5 and are parked in a playoff spot with 80 games to play.
It’s a game like this that makes Joe really appreciate the value of Rafael Soriano, the kind of guy winners have to close a game. Joe was a bit bummed Carl Crawford couldn’t squeak out his eighth, four-hit game of the season. But his highlight reel catch in left center should at least keep his name in lights on the incessant BSPN replay show.
In his postgame media lecture, Maddon nearly admitted the Rays have “turned the corner” before rolling into some blathering coachspeak about turning the corner only when it comes to situational baseball.
Put down the wine and just say it, Maddon. Say what Joe already knows, The Rays have turned the corner.
Let’s just hope they don’t turn back.