All good things simply stop. Life is not nirvana. Sooner or later the Rays streak would end. Like today in a close game against the Twinkies.
The Legend of Sam Fuld proved somewhat mortal. Bossman Upton lost his fielding prowess for a day. Hellboy Hellickson wasn’t quite as dominant as usual.
Still the game was close. It is games like this that Joe is reminded of Tony La Russa’s philosophy: A sweep is nice but winning a series is critical.
It’s a sound strategy. If a team wins every series, it is at worst playing .700 ball. That’s often the mark of a playoff team.
Yeah, playoff talk in April is asinine. But if the Rays continue to get solid starting pitching like today, just what we all expected prior to the season, and still rack up wins at the pace they have played at the past week, the Rays will be a dangerous team.
Joe was put in a good mood, despite the loss, when he drove to Clearwater after the game and was listening to Mad Dog Radio heard exclusively on SirusXM Radio. Red Sux fan was bitter beyond words. They bombarded Mad Dog Radio host Scott Wetzel and have completely turned on Carl Crawford who went 0-4 today.
Red Sux fan has even gone so far as to call Crawford “Julio Lugo” and whine how Andrew Friedman took advantage of Theo Epstein. Again.
It warmed Joe’s heart to hear this kvetching.