Men of faith still believe in the 2012 Rays.
Who else could?
And these men of faith were rewarded tonight with a six-run, walk-off ninth inning, one that saw Joe Maddon successfully pinch hit with career-hitless Stephen Vogt in a critical spot. Then Desmond Jennings tied the game with a two-run single and B.J. Upton sent a crushing bomb to the heavens to finish off the Red Sox 7-4.
Most Rays fans saw these late heroics simply as a just bailout of David Price. The Rays shamefully let Price down tonight by not showing up with the bats to help his quest for a 20-win season. But others surely saw this miracle finish — and last night’s hit show — as a sign that the Rays have one more magical run left in the tank.
At six games out of the Wild Card with 12 games to go, the Rays need a near perfect finish.
For now, just for a little while, Joe’s going to dare to dream.