Listen to Tampa Bay sports radio all day and you’ll hear everyone completely writing off the Rays season. Hosts have even been saying they’re so happy they don’t have to talk Rays anymore and can just settle into football.

Hell, the esteemed curator of this site called the team’s “time of death” many games ago.

But there were the Rays jumping up and down in a swarming celebration in the outfield after today’s series win and extra-inning, walkoff against Toronto.

What were they so happy about? After all, the team has no shot to make up 9 1/2 games on the Yankees to grab a Wild Card spot. A cerebral Joe Maddon team must realize that.

Sure, it’s probably wise to expect nothing from the Rays the rest of the way, other than the usual diet of great starting pitching, anemic hitting and the occasional stretch that makes you wonder what could have been if there was more pop in the lineup.

But maybe that’s part of the problem with the fanbase and the market. Everyone’s collectively given up when baseball history is littered with playoff drives far more impressive than what the Rays have to pull off, especially after not selling off at the trade deadline.

It’s August 4.

This is probably what happens when you get used to winning, but it’s also evidence of fans way to eager to throw in the towel, which is sadly very contagious for a town and a team that can’t afford that.

As for today’s win, Joe still is somewhat stunned that the Jays walked Johnny Damon in the 11th to pitch to Evan Longoria. What a slap in the face. How far he’s fallen.

The legend of Desmond Jennings rolls on, and it was great to see Bossman motor around the bases to set up the win.

But don’t get too excited. The season’s over.

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24 Comments

  1. mary says:

    You are such a hypocrit. Why aren’t they allowed to celebrate, just because they are out of play off contention. Every other team, even Houston and Washinton celebrate walk off wins. and just because they chose to pitch to Longoria your comment is rude as to how far he’s fallen A couple of bad months and all of you turn your back and forget what an asset he really is to this team. Quit blogging all your negative posts. Longoria is going to get better, he is only 25. You should be happy he is a Ray.

    • Joe Rays Fan says:

      Hmm, Mary. The point was sort of that maybe people shouldn’t be writing off the Rays. …And if anyone had turned his back on Longoria, he wouldn’t have been surprised one bit by the Jays pitching to him. The guy had homered earlier. …You’re missing something.

      • mary says:

        I didn’t miss anything. every post on here because they aren’t playoff contenders is negative. Remember what the front office got rid of. they dont care if they win, letting all the players that made this team a good team go. I bet they will be happy to be at 500 when this season is over the way the team was taken apart. How can a few guys carry this team. Cant happen

      • Drew says:

        the point was sort of “But don’t get too excited…the season’s over.”

      • Nick says:

        like maverick buzzin the tower, this one flew right by her

  2. Caity says:

    Mary, you seem to be missing the point he’s saying that just when everyone starts writing them off, they come back and play well again and whatever. Today is an example of that. It’s still August, and while their chances are slim to see the playoffs, anything can happen. He’s not exactly being a hypocrite, just basing it off of what everyone has been saying the past week.

    As for Longoria, he hit a 3 run bomb which gave us the lead. But had 2 K’s, and got robbed by Bautista in the 11th inning, it was probably a smart idea to pitch to him anyways. He’s still a great player, but this year is not his yea and that at bat was an example of that.

  3. Caity says:

    Besides it’s baseball, people panic too early anyways.

  4. Don says:

    I posted at least 2 weeks ago that the Rays were done BUT they are worth watching for the kids (coming up) Jennings &Chiron. are fun to watch…
    they make you forget about Shopp, Upton, Longoria, Fuld and their every day BS
    MAYBE thats why the (other) players were celebrating!

    • Caity says:

      Actually, Upton hit a triple in the 11th, so he set us up for scoring postion in the first place.

      And by the way, you need to learn how to type it’s not that hard.

    • mary says:

      What BS Don, Fuld was the beat all to end all for a few weeks. Its BS because Longoria is having a down year. Texiera’s only hitting 240 but drives in runs. Check the stats, Longoria probably leads the team in RBI’s and missed alot of games. So start picking on someone else.

  5. Des from Durham says:

    Pre-Des (98 games): Rays score 7 or more runs 16 times (16.3%) average 4.2 runs per game.

    Post-Des (12 games) Rays score 7 or more runs 5 times (41.7%) and average 5.33 runs per game.

    Glad I could bring you the goods Tampa Bay. I’m never going back to Durham again.

    Me and the Honey Nut are pretty clutch. Trying to teach Elliot Johnson not to panic up there, but don’t think its working. When does his pension vest?

  6. bbmern says:

    I wonder about our fan base as well. Everyone is done with them to a point where some will not renew their seasons tickets…pretty sad. I was at the game today and they were just plan fun to watch. There were happy kids everywhere. I love this team…in the good times and bad; just wish everyone would cheer them on instead of writing them off…it’s not over til it’s over.

    • Caity says:

      I agree, it seems like too many times half of the fanbase writes them off when they lose games. It’s baseball, teams go to slumps, it’s a long season which is the point I’ve been trying to make all month long.

      Unless they are a last place team or in 4th place or has a losing record in 3rd place. (cept if youre the Blue Jays), then you cant ever count your team out in August. In the middle of Septemeber you can.

      I wish everyone would support them too when they lose, it makes me sad when I see people write them off, it really does. Especially when people say that theyre gonna quit getting season tickets. It doesnt make you look like a fan when you do that, it just does not. It makes you look like a bandwagoner, and that’s just not fair.

  7. bbmern says:

    I wonder about our fan base as well. Everyone is done with them to a point where some will not renew their seasons tickets…pretty sad. I was at the game today and they were just plan fun to watch. There were happy kids everywhere. I love this team…in the good times and bad; just wish everyone would cheer them on instead of writing them off…it’s not over til it’s over.

    • Boxauthor says:

      Yanks and Red Sox play each other 9 more times. Even if they split, down the middle, the Rays can gain 4.5 games on someone. If Boston keeps playing NY the way they have this season (8–1 vs. Yanks), the Rays could gain a lot more. Rays have 9 more games against Yanks and 10 more against the Sox. Is the season over? Probably, but not necessarily. Especially if the young guys can light a spark under the rest of the team. Three times today they didn’t roll over and play dead.

      Also, this post was all about sarcasm. Joe wasn’t being a hypocrite.

  8. Drew says:

    People wouldn’t be saying such negative things if they thought the organization was trying to put the best players on the field in an effort to win as many games as possible. That clearly hasn’t happened this season. Fans have the right to be somewhat upset.

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