So our nightmare has come true. Pat Burrell won his second World Series ring, this time with the San Francisco Giants. And he did it on the Rays’ dime.

It was kinda nice to see Burrell go 0-13 with 11 strikeouts in the Fall Classic. The final four at bats (3 strikeouts) were as a DH, and all of the at bats were against AL pitching. So there was that.

But if there is any justice in the world, the Devil will now give Burrell ED, and the Giants will give Andrew Friedman half of Burrell’s World Series bonus.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • James Shields is on the Rockies “fallback list” if they are unable to sign Jorge De La Rosa. [Denver Post]
  • What if the Rays gave away all of their tickets and lived off of revenue generated from concessions and increased advertising rates? [Business Insider]
  • Marc Topkin writes about how the Rays could be the big winner if MLB expanded the playoffs and added an extra team from each league. [St. Pete Times]
  • Here is a list of how local Hillsborough County Commissioner Candidates stand on the issue of a Rays stadium in Tampa. [WTSP.com]
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  1. Sarah says:

    I'm not proud of it, but the only joy I've had during this postseason (at least since Rays were eliminated) was watching Burrell strike out. Yeah, he's still coming out ahead here, but there's been a lot of national press focused on his stinkitude, and his manager benched him, so that's got to sting at least a bit.

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  2. phil says:

    who can we get from Colorado for shields?

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  3. Don says:

    Wonderfull world of sports:
    Pat Burrell....two world series rings
    Carl Carford...0
    and Burrell couldn't kiss Crawford's ass as a baseball player!
    Go figure....

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  4. Gus says:

    The funniest thing was watching Burrell's face as Renteria's HR bailed him out of the official all-time WS goat status that he was heading to if SF doesn't score there (Cruz's HR might have given the Rangers a lead they'd never relinquish). What a complete dope and unlikeable jerk (I think Topkin's badgering him to explain his Rays performance brought back negative thoughts that led him to his horriffic slump). Other than that, the Giants are the kind of team that the Rays will have to hope to be -- great starting pitching and a patchwork offense.

    Watching Pat the Bat K was also a fitting end to a baseball season where I seemingly witnessed 500-600 strikeouts by the Rays with men in scoring position, usually with less than 2 out. The lost art of making contact to score a run in the era of all or nothing sabremetrics is something I'd personally love the Rays to re-evaluate. Because in pressure games, the ability to execute a bunt (when and where did Aubrey Huff learn how to bunt like that?) and make contact with runners in scoring position has to help (and yes I realize that it was a 3-run HR that won the game).

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  5. Danny says:

    that was such a clutch bunt by Huff....only a good, almost great, play by Cliff Lee prevented it from being a hit....first sacrifice of his career, crazy!!

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  6. AndyC says:

    If the Devil does give Pat the Bat ED, he's gonna have to get a new nickname cuz Lil Pat's the only bat he's been swinging lately (unless it's already on the fritz)!! :-) Anyone know where he got all that dugout energy from? He sure never showed it here!!!

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    • Don says:

      Burrell was sticking it in everyone's face...esp. the Rays to "show" them what he got....a World Chmpionship!
      He might as well had a parade in St. Pete showing off his WS ring..... except better...He was on NATIONAL TV!

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  7. phil says:

    Giants may need a ss ...Bartlet to SF and Shields to colorado....

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