This is the first article in a series where What The Sports baseball writer Alex Murphy details his week-by-week life as a Rays fan.
I’ve been stuck at home this weekend to watch my dog because my brother had a baseball tournament in Long Island (shoutout to my bro Matt). Not only did I get to watch two straight days of World Cup games and edit a podcast for an entire day, but I got to watch the Tampa Bay Rays play the Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Pete.
The Rays and Yankees are going in two different directions: one is a perennial World Series favorite and the other is struggling to put fans in seats. I’ll let you guess which one is which.
This weekend, THIS WEEKEND THOUGH, the Rays gave me that one glimpse of hope they do every season before finishing the year in mediocre fashion.
I’ll let this video summarize my weekend.
And these tweets.
And then my tweets. Also, shoutout my Twitter account. Go give ya boi a follow when you get a chance.
And then, I got into a quick thing with Jon Heyman because I quote tweeted his tweet about the Trop and he didn’t understand what I was talking about.
So let’s put this in perspective.
The Rays have hovered around .500, meaning more like between five and 10 games under .500 all year, but somehow, after losing 60 percent of their offense in the offseason, they have still been semi-competitive.
In their last four games against the Yankees, the Rays are 4-0. They should’ve taken the series against the Astros, but reliever/starter Sergio Romo blew the lead in the ninth.
They are piecing together wins and the best thing about all of this is that they are bringing up their youth. Christian Arroyo, Willy Adames and Jake Bauers are all up with the big league club. Arroyo is on the DL, but he will be back in a short time.
The Rays don’t even have a full pitching rotation and they’ve had to throw out their bullpen once a week in what they call a “Bullpen Day.”
Right now, that doesn’t even bother me because the Rays just swept arguably the best team in the MLB and did it in style. Thanks to Mr. Bauers, who pimped out a show homer to center field. the “laughing stock of the MLB” swept the Evil Empire.
Also, it helps when they showed off the throwback threads on Saturday.
Now, please excuse me while I go dance around my house and rub it in the face of every Yankees fan I know.