Rays 8, Yankees 7 (12)

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

THE GOOD: Nutshells. You can sum up the entire 2011 season with this one game. Terrible start, falling behind early. Mediocre play in the middle in which there was some good pitching and no offense whatsoever. And just when you thought the Rays were eliminated, they rallied late. The Red Sox blew what looked like an insurmountable lead. The Rays won their game. The Rays are in the playoffs…The Great Pumpkin. We wrote about his two-out, two-strike, game-tying, season-saving (again) home run last night. But it is worth repeating that he had not even played in a week. He didn’t have a big league hit since April. And yet, when the Rays got close, he worked his way to one of the cages and started hacking away. And when he came to the plate, he looked as cool as ever. We still can’t say enough about the pitch before the home run. It might have been a couple of inches off the plate, but there were 2 strikes and it was close. Johnson fouled it off and stayed alive. And on the very next pitch, Dan Johnson did what Dan Johnson does…The Orioles. Only minutes before the Rays completed their comeback, the Red Sox were up by 1 run in the 9th with 2 outs and Jonathon Papelbon on the hill. It looked like the best the Rays could hope for was to stay alive and make it to game 163 today. But then Chris Davis doubled. And then Nolan Reimold doubled to tie the score. And then Robert Andino hit a ball that Carl Crawford couldn’t grab and the Red Sox collapse was complete.

THE BETTER (you get a pass tonight David Price): Dirtbag Power. Great players show up. Evan Longoria showed up. First it was the 3-run home run in the 8th that made it a one-run game. But when Johnny Damon popped up, we thought it was too little too late. And before we get to the biggest hit, let’s not forget the defensive play that may have saved the Rays the season. With a runners on first and third with no outs, it seemed inevitable that the Yankees would take the lead. But a hard grounder to third was grabbed by Longoria who tagged the runner who had wandered too far off the bag. And of course, this just set up Dirtbag’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th. He got a 95 mph fastball in on the hands, but he cleared his hip, kept his hands in, and kept the ball fair, depositing it into Kapler’s Corner. Game Over. Regular Season Over. The Tampa Bay Rays are the 2011 American League Wild Card Team

THE TELLING: At one point, the Rays had a 0.3% chance of winning the game…The Rays will play the first game of the ALDS in Texas on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:07pm. Let that soak in for a minute. Feels good, doesn’t it?

RANDOM THOUGHTS: We have plenty of time to figure this out, but have to assume Wade Davis is the game 1 starter, with James Shields going in game 2.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The Red Sox never did acquire a starting pitcher yesterday. Good thing. He wasn’t needed. [MLBTR]
  • Pat Burrell may have played his last game. [SportingNews]
  • The Tampa mayor spoke about the Rays stadium situation. [TBO.com]

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30 Comments

  1. KillaTapes says:

    I’ve never seen a moment in sports like this one. Incredible. The fans that left in the 7th will never let this one down. Wow, am I dreaming?!

  2. Dustin says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  3. Ro says:

    Absolutely incredible! I finally had to drag myself away from the celebrations on Twitter. Are any of us going to sleep tonight? I must admit, I thought Joe was crazy for bringing in Dan Johnson but part of me had this nagging belief that he’d do it again. Incredible. You know, in ten or twenty years, this game is going to be on one of those “best of” shows on the MLB Network, with Joe and maybe Evan or Dan or David sitting around doing commentary. Amazing.

  4. Gus says:

    The greatest night in Tampa Bay sports history. Congrats to Maddon, Longo and the Great Pumpkin. Awesome.

  5. Sublime says:

    I don’t think I’ll sleep tonight! I am emotionally and Physically drained! Greatest. Game. Ever.

  6. angrybuddha says:

    I said it on Twitter…. Evan rounding 1st with his hands over his head and the bubblegum evident: That’s his iconic moment. That’s his Kirk Gibson, his Joe Carter. That’s the shot that surmises his career. Unless he blows a bubble as he hits a homer off Ryan Madson in Game 7 of the WS.

    FWIW, *my* greatest night in TB sports history was being at RayJay when the Bucs dispatched the Seahawks on a Sunday night. The game didn’t matter: it was Mike Alstott night (hero!!). That was awesome by itself. But after the Bucs won, RayJay put Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS on the big screen live… and David Price had shut ‘em down late before Aki springboarded off 2nd base to cap a crazy season.

  7. CC says:

    Coke. The official drink of the Boston Red Socks!

  8. CC says:

    We just witnessed the most amazing moments in baseball history! Go Rays!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. DRR says:

    In case anyone wants a good visual of how amazing this end of the season was:
    http://www.sportsclubstats.com/MLB/American/ALEastern/TampaBay_ChanceWillMakePlayoffs.html

  10. Matt says:

    @Gus: “The greatest night in Tampa Bay sports history. Congrats to Maddon, Longo and the Great Pumpkin. Awesome.”

    With all respect to the Rays, I think that is still (and may always be) January 26, 2003.

    That being said, it was an amazing moment.

  11. Matt says:

    Definitely need to drink it in, but why would davis start game 1. I know there are 5 games but davis against wilson would most likely put us down 0-1 after the first game. Shields on 3 days rest, then niemann. Yes niemann has had his struggles but davis is our worst of the five starters in my opinion

  12. billy says:

    How the 2011 regular season ended…

    Crawford does not make the catch on Andino’s liner. Red Sox lose.

    Longo hits a home run that is only a home run because the Rays lowered the fence for CRAWFORD to rob opponents of home runs. Rays win.

    Serious KARMA–about $142,000,000 worth, if I had to guess.

  13. Charles says:

    Dan Johnson will never have to buy another beer for himself in the Tampa/St. Pete region for the rest of his life.

    Being a Rays fan up here in the middle of Red Sox Nation is tough at times, but it just makes moments like last night all the sweeter.

    I’m gonna need about 37 coffees today, but it’s all worth it. Go Rays!

  14. NashVegas Ryan says:

    Congrats Rays! Wish I was there to witness a special night. Dan Johnson, the master September pinch hitter. Could the Sox have started another 100 year curse, I hope so!!!!
    Can’t wait until tomorrow nights game.

  15. jim says:

    Don,
    What a fitting ending.
    1. The overrated bust that we should have traded, evan longoria, has two crucial hits to bring us back in a miracle victory, and an excellent season after being hurt early on.
    2.The pathetic mananger that we should fire and replace with francona or showalter, pinch hits a .100 hitter in the bottom of the 9th, and he hits a homerun to tie the game.
    3.Your mancrush, Carl Crawford, can’t make the catch and cost the red sox to miss the playoffs for the second season in a row.

    You should be fuc%ing proud. Please submit your name to stu for our GM spot, just in case we have to make a hire. And don’t come on here and act like you were pulling for us. we all know you had out your Crawford jersey, running one, when it was 7-0. I guess your mancrush was too busy chasing that world series ring instead of making that catch. And BTW, Jennings or fuld would have made that catch. Bahahahaha!!!

    In closing, YOU SUCK!!!

    • Don says:

      Jim, I was wondering where you were, I was hoping you didn’t comitt hairy cary, after your star picher tried to take us out of the game singlehandily, whats his name Price?? STill don’t want a .300 hitter for this emotionally wrecked pitcher ala matt garza
      The Rays did EXACTLY what I said in August (in print on this site) they had to Win 12 of the last 18 from Boston,Yankees in order to be in playoffs…they won 13.. Win Division by 1…
      Maddon has officially agreed to kiss Buck Showalters ass in the first trip to the trop for Baltimore in 2012..NO ONE else could do what Showalter does with Orioles Talent..Book IT

      • jim says:

        YOU STUPID [BAD WORD]. IF WE WOULD HAVE LISTEN TO YOU, WE WOULD HAVE TRADED PRICE, LONGO, AND FIRED MADDON. HOW IN THE [BAD WORD] WOULD WE HAVE WON ANY OF THOSE 13 GAMES?

        SHOWALTER WITH THE O’s 93 AND 96 LOSSES.
        3 YEARS PRIOR TO SHOWALTER, 98,96, AND 93.

        PLEASE [BE QUIET], ONCE AGAIN, YOU DON’T HAVE A [BAD WORD] CLUE WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.

        i TRULY HOPE YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND DEMENTIA SETS IN SO BAD THAT YOU CAN’T REMEMBER YOUR PASSWORD FOR YOUR COMPUTER.

        CARL CRAWFORD IS A DEAD MAN WALKING IN BOSTON. BAHAHAHA!! HOW’S THAT JOCK SMELLING NOW YOU [SEVERAL BAD WORDS]??

      • Drew says:

        I didn’t think it was possible for someone to make as big an ass of themselves as you have and not even realize they were doing it.

    • Amanda says:

      I’m with Beth. You’re the one starting shit now. Thanks for ruining a wonderful thread of celebrating. Way to be the first person to post something negative on this string.

      • Tapes says:

        Seriously. Juvenile.

      • jim says:

        you’re right. i’m the ass, i’ve been the one that has bashed this club on hundreds of posts all year. don deserved to have his nose rubbed in it. i’m soooo sorry i got all negative and ruined this superpositive post.

        why don’t you, beth and don go out to lunch together, then go back to your house and enjoy a lifetime movie and a glass of merlot.

        don is a tool.

      • Beth says:

        I think at this point best bet is to ignore anything Jim posts — we’re just encouraging him.

  16. Hal says:

    Dave saying, “I’m ready to party” and Evan launching in the next moment over the “Crawford cutout” just gives me chills. We love you Pumpkin. How about Matty Moore for game 1?

  17. Connie says:

    can you imagine the pressure pumpkin must’ve felt knowing everyone was expecting him to hit a home run?

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