Sunday, September 21, 2008

Congratulations to the Rays of Tampa Bay

Here's how you can tell a sports team's nickname just doesn't work: when a slight change of word order can launch a nursery rhyme:

The Rays of Tampa Bay
Are playing on the bay.
The Rays of Tampa Bay
Play all night and day!

What was wrong, again, with Devil Rays?

Nonetheless, hearty congratulations are in order for a team that's never made the playoffs and were, at one point, in danger of being contracted. This goes out to the organization and the fans, which sustain organizations -- even if, much like Kansas football last year, "a tradition since September," Tropicana Field sell-outs were few and far between before this summer. With their 7-2 win tonight, the Rays have secured a spot in the 2008 postseason.

This isn't completely unrelated to the Royals. Even if the Rays had lost to Minnesota, they would've gotten in anyway, since the Royals took care of business against the White Sox. These video highlights from tell the story: a home run for Alex Gordon, an inside-the-park home run for David DeJesus and -- you know this already -- the first career home run for Kila Ka'aihue, who got a curtain call. And all this on Fan Appreciation Night.

Well done all the way around.

POSTSCRIPT: Clark Fosler of MVN asks, "To trade or not trade Zack Greinke?"

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