With two outs in the sixth round of Game 7 against the Astros on Saturday, Cash lifted starter Charlie Morton even though Morton threw a two-hit shutout and had delivered just 66 lanes. And it worked.
I wish it had not worked. I wish it blew up in their faces. Tampa’s nerdy hedge funders made me mess with the cheatin ‘Astros.
“We believe in our process and we will continue to do so,” Cash said.
Au. I like cash, but hate any leader who uses the word “process”.
The rays are good for parity. They are good for small markets. They are good for truth, justice and the American way. But they are bad for baseball.
And now Team Anonymous is in the World Series. With Nick Anderson, Pete Fairbanks, Austin Meadows … and Jerry Mathers as Beaver. Good ball players all. Too bad they sound like the characters in a sitcom.
Randy Arozarena is Tampa’s best player and was the MVP for ALCS. If he continues to play as a star, he will have to leave Tampa to get his money. Like Mookie Betts in Boston.
“We are not the most popular team out there,” said outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, senior statesman for Team Roster Turnover. “We do not have too many house names that many people will know.”
Amen. And it’s not the players’ fault. But it is deadly for a sport that already has life support.
Give me the Dodgers, big time, in this world series. A Dodger win will put an end to the game-killing Rays Way, while giving Baseball America another chance to ask, “How could the Red Sox be stupid enough to let go of Mookie Betts? What were they thinking? ”
The Rays had 12 different players saving this year. Swell. Personally, I liked it a bit when I knew the name of it more closely on the other team. It was fun messing with Rich Gossage or Mariano Rivera. How can fans summon energy to care about Pete Fairbanks and Nick Anderson? (Or are they Pete Anderson and Nick Fairbanks?)
The groundbreaking rays are about the three true results: strikes, walks and homers. They make sure that no pitcher ever meets a hitter more than twice in any game. Boring.
I sent my complaint to Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, who replied, “The Rays are overachievers, close-knit, hungry underdogs, and they’re driven by exactly what bugs you – boring wins.”
Dick Vitale is the No. 1 Rays fan. There is no second place. The Rays have no diehard fans. I think this is one of the reasons why they have excelled this post season: No major league team has had more training in playing in an empty ballpark.
This is not just about World Series TV ratings. I hate Rays because the Red Sox are trying to be Rays. Chaim Bloom worked for the Rays for 15 years. A sharp young man who can not tell lies, Bloom has been taken to Boston to mount Tampa Bay by The Charles.
That’s what you saw this summer: a thousand faceless, nameless players, one after the other, parade through Fenway Park. Bloom loves undeveloped boys, journeymen, sleepers, hidden gems and bargains. He seems to be on a mission to compile a list of non-winning names.
Perfect. Once the most popular team in town, the Red Sox have become anonymous in this market.
We like to win, but we also like colorful characters. We like a little goofiness. We liked it when Wade Boggs said he wanted invisibility, and when Mo Vaughn talked about Sox ownership as “the common chiefs of staff.” We liked that Gene Conley went AWOL and tried to fly to Israel after a bad loss at Yankee Stadium.
It’s all gone now. We’re left with JD Martinez with excuses because he can not have his video.
Blame it on the Tampa Bay Way.
I’m well aware that the Rays are not alone when it comes to nerds in the front office. World Series 2020 will be the first Fall Classic where both teams are controlled by the nerds upstairs.
The Dodgers are run by Andrew Friedman, a short-lived Moneyball Youth who took over the Rays in 2006 at the age of 28. Two years later, Friedman’s Rays beat the Red Sox in a seven-game ALCS and went to the World Series, where they lost to the Phillies. Friedman went from Tampa to the Dodgers, where he now has a salary three times the size of Tampa.
Friedmans Dodgers has features that Ray lacks. LA has great pay, star players and continuity. The Dodgers have many of the same names in the lineup every year while the Rays are all about constant roster overhauls. Only five of Tampa’s 2020 players were on the team in 2017. Tampa cannot afford to keep its best players. Is this what we can expect with Bloom running the show in Boston? Ugh.
Go, Dodgers. Go, Mookie. The innovative, soul-sucking, smarter than you are rays will only move us one step closer to the death of baseball.