Joe doesn’t know whether Evan Longoria was nuts to not take the sure out at home plate after a force out at third or whether he was just a man with a hefty set of balls to try and turn three.
Regardless, it worked, and tonight’s comeback win no doubt was destiny after the Rays’ turned that sixth-inning triple play with the bases loaded.
Later in the home seventh, Joe must admit he cursed up a storm when trailing by one run Matt Joyce wasn’t laying down a bunt with B.J. Upton on second and Longo on first with nobody out. Of course, Joyce drilled MFIKY’s pitch into the right field seats to give the Rays the 5-3 win.
Surely, “the numbers” said to bunt. But as Joe Maddon said last night, sometimes you just have to trust people no matter how much you love the numbers.
Thankfully, he was trusting of Joyce.
What was once a season of what-ifs now feels like the final 10 minutes of a cheezy Hollywood movie with a PG-rated happy ending.
At this point with one or two games to go, if the Rays can’t nail down a Wild Card spot, it’ll be an extraordinarily miserable and maddening offseason of what-ifs featuring Dezmon Jennings, Andy Sonnanstine and many more.
Don’t let that happen Rays. Get it done tomorrow!