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: Sweet Swingin’. With what may have been the biggest home run for the Rays since 2008, Matt Joyce erased a 7th inning 3-2 deficit with a 3-run home run (HERE IS THE RADIO CALL). And just when you thought the Rays might going into the final day of the season trailing by a game, the Rays won. And now it is tied…Triple Your Pleasure. Before Matty Joyce went deep, defense kept the game close. With one run in already and the Yankees threatening to add more with no outs and the bases loaded. Jeremy Hellickson induced a pitcher’s BFF, the 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple play (HERE IS THE RADIO CALL).
THE BAD: O’s No Go. The Red Sox held off a late rally and beat the Orioles 8-7.
THE TELLING: Johnny Damon passed Lou Gehrig on the all-time hits list and received a standing ovation…Rays now have 90 wins for the third time in franchise history. Of course, the Rays have never won 90 games and missed the playoffs. Just sayin’…The Rays magic number is now 2. A win and Red Sox loss tomorrow, or a win tomorrow and Thursday and the Rays are in the playoffs…The Rays and Red Sox are the first teams to ever start 0-6 and win 90 games.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- All tests were negative on Casey Kotchman and he was released from the hospital last night. No word yet on whether he will be available for tonight’s game.
- Thursday’s one-game playoff would be at 4:07pm. [The Heater]
- James Shields was named the #Rays MVP by the local media. Jeremy Hellickson was named the top rookie. [The Heater]
- Kelly Shoppach has been inducted into the Baylor University Athletics Hall of Fame. [BaylorBears]
- Who is to blame for the Red Sox collapse? [Business Insider]
Matt Joyce (via TampaBay.com)