It seems the best way to wash away the angst of a previous evening is with champagne spray. That’s what the Rays did tonight.

In the roller coaster, viral age of the Internet, the Rays went from — in some eyes — an apathetic figure to a loathed figure to a sympathetic figure to near heroes, all in less than a span of 24 hours.

Ah, technology. Ah, remorse. Ah, playoffs.

David Price, hours after slapping Rays fans in the face for not showing up to the Fruitdome on a Monday night, cut a check for (presumably) 10,000 of the 20,000 free tickets the Rays are coughing up Wednesday night with Dirtbag picking up the rest of the tab, again, presumably.

Price, who clearly was taken aback by Rays fans angry that a millionaire would mock commoners for not spending money, should spout off more often if this is the result. Not for free tickets, but for a masterpiece of a pitching gem. He tossed a six-hit, eight-strikeout, no-walk, eight-inning outing to put the Rays in the playoffs. At worst they will be a wild card team.

For the second time in three years, St. Petersburg will be host to a baseball postseason. Wildly slap your glove and pull out your shirt.

Joe’s content but there is more work to do boys. This should be just the first of five celebrations. Don’t overdo it.

 
 

6 Comments

  1. Adam W says:

    According to Matt Silverman, Price and Longo are not picking up any of the tab:

    http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/content/rays-give-away-20000-free-tickets-wednesday

  2. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Playoffs baby!

    Now let’s win that AL East!

  3. Preston says:

    Why is the focus always on how much money people make? He can’t be embarrassed as a human being? He’s got to be embarrassed as a millionaire? Not to nit pick, it’s just getting on my nerves. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up in a single parent household and had little to nothing growing up, but I’m just sick of the focus being on the fact that they’re “Millionaires”. Yes. They are. They’re also human beings.

    • Tone says:

      They are human beings that make a lot more money than the people that they are calling out to attend. The real culprits are not the fans but the local corporations that do not buy season tickets like they do in other cities(i.e. NYC, Phillie, Boston, ect..) I have attended 3 games at the Trop this year while living in Brooklyn and Tokyo. But I am a DIEHARD fan, there are not enough diehards to carry the whole market. They all know this. It is their fault not the fans, what business calls out it’s perspective customers for not buying their product? They have an agenda and are using the fanbase as pawns in their media blitz. It is wrong and has backfired. So calling out the casual fan will only piss them off, especially in hard times coming from a couple kid millionaires. It’s called marketing. They are doing a bad job of it.

  4. Don says:

    The players (Price/Longo) are picking nothing ($0) of the free ticket tab..hell you couldn’t get a player to buy an $8 beer for a fan if you tried….let along $1000′s for free tickets..
    Anyway…Price is the MAN ….now if we can only find a way for him to pitch every playoff game? Price and pray for rain…
    Maybe Maddon found his niche…Pena looked 10x better swinging a bat last night….after a hitting session with Maddon….too bad they didn’t think about that 2 months ago?
    Now Rays…your chance to hang another flag for 2010….IF you do NOT lose another game(5 left) the Yankees can NOT beat you!

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