Found October 08, 2013 on
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Conor Frederick (@ConorJF1016)
If Joe Maddon was the Red Sox manager (thank go he's not), he would say that we got "Out-Tropped." Last night in the 4th, the Rays used the catwalks to get "even" with Boston after Maddon felt they got "out-Fenwayed" in the first 2 games. Last night, what looked to be a routine foul ball out was ruled dead by "Trop Rules" after it hit the catwalk and was ruled dead. That didn't affect the game right away, as Bucholz would pitch out of it, but that was a hard inning for Bucholz as he would proceed to load the bases and throw 30+ pitches. That would affect next inning as Tampa Bay lowered the boom through Evan Longoria's 3-run home run. And all of that could have been avoided if the catwalks weren't there.
I hate blaming things on stadium quirks, but that no-call that should have been an out changed the game. If Bucholz doesn't throw 30+ pitches, the...
BEST OF MAXIM
Fernando Rodney sits in dugout after Game 4 loss. (Photo credit: Chris O’Meara/AP)
The Tampa Bay Rays battled through the end of their season to make it to where they did, but unfortunately Game 4 of the ALDS was the Rays’ last game of the season. The Boston Red Sox picked up the 3-1 victory in a game that had very little offense, and won the series without having the return...
Still scratching your head over some of Joe Maddon's moves? Ye of little faith! In the end, the Rays' manager put all of his pieces in the right places, producing a jaw-dropping, electrifying result.
A walkoff homer by backup catcher Jose Lobaton into the tank beyond right-center field, where no Rays player had ever gone deep at Tropicana Field? Of course! That was the plan...
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,'...
The hat should have given it away.
Fernando Rodney is not only the man responsible for nailing down close ballgames in Tampa Bay. The owner of baseball’s crookedest cap is also quite the clubhouse comedian.
“Fernando, he’s a little bit of a practical joker,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday. “He likes to use different voices. He’s almost a little bit of a ventriloquist...
Rays manager Joe Maddon made some strange moves Monday night. And,
of course, they paid off, meaning Tampa Bay's season isn't over
“Hey Joe, is Owen there?”
“Yes, Owen, is he there?”
“John, who is Owen?”
Although I highly doubt that this conversation would ever take place between Rays manager Joe Maddon and Red Sox skipper John Farrell, it could happen.
All kidding aside, John Farrell must be ecstatic being up 2-0. It’s not just the fact that they are up 2-0, but they...
As Rays players headed their separate ways for the offseason, some left some good-bye messages via Twitter to put a final stamp on the season.Very proud of our guys and our fans. I think we played to our potential. We took it about as far as we could go. Boston just beat us. Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) October 9, 2013Thank u Rays fan JOSE MOLINA (@Joeycatch8) October 9, 2013My rookie...
David Price was a little shaken after losing Game 2 in Boston on Saturday. That was obvious to anyone who read his Twitter feed.
Price had a mini social media meltdown after the Rays lost 7-4 to fall into an 0-2 hole in the best-of-five ALDS. He rattled off a series of tweets in which he promoted his baseball accolades and sounded rather immature. The pitcher later apologized for...
Looking at it from a glass-is-half-full perspective, the Rays have the Red Sox right where they want them. Following last night’s 7-4 loss, Tampa Bay is one game away from elimination. Again.
Joe Maddon’s team has been thriving under pressure. In a string of win-or-go-home games leading up to the ALDS, the resilient Rays repeatedly won and went on.
Tomorrow, they do go home —...
Joe Maddon said after the Rays’ Game 2 loss at Fenway Park on Saturday that he was looking forward to returning to Boston for a Game 5. If the Rays win Tuesday and make that return a reality, Tampa Bay will send Game 2′s starter back to the hill Thursday in search of retribution.
Maddon said Tuesday that David Price, who was touched up for seven runs in Saturday’s Game 2, will...
Record: 92-71, 2nd place in the American League East
After missing the playoffs last season, the Tampa Bay Rays made a return to October in their eighth campaign under manager Joe Maddon. The 92 victories marked the fourth consecutive season in which they won at least 90 games, a notable feat for a franchise that used to be one of baseballs weakest.
In July, when they went a major...
The Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the ALDS, winning their series three games to one.
Joe Maddon went all-out in this game, using every pitcher in his bullpen after an ineffective Jeremy Hellickson recorded just three outs and faced only six batters. And for six innings, it worked, as Boston was held scoreless for the first two-thirds...
The Red Sox are moving on to the AL Championship Series after beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in game 4 tonight.
And while that sentence sounds quite normal, the game was far from it. In fact, for a nine-inning game that produced four runs, it's one of the oddest box scores you're ever going to see.
The Rays trotted out nine pitchers on the night, mostly to success. It was...