The goal is to play the final game of the season and win, so the Tampa Bay Rays fell short again.
Manager Joe Maddon finds it laughable, though, that anyone would suggest that finishing with 90-plus victories four consecutive years without making it to the World Series might be getting old.
''Of course you want to win the final prize, there no question about that,'' said Maddon, whose team was eliminated from the AL division series in four games by the Boston Red Sox.
''In the latter part of the season, in short series, sometimes the matchups are tough and sometimes they just don't roll your way,'' Maddon added. ''But I really hope and believe that the people in the Tampa Bay area would not frown upon 90-plus wins on an annual basis, and a bunch of guys that come out and play with the kind of zeal our guys do on a nightly basis.''
Despite having one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, the budget-minded Rays won 92 games, including a Game 163 tie-breaker to earn a playoff berth f...