Found December 15, 2011 on Rays Index:
“Tampa Bay Rays one bat away from 2012 World Series” That is the title of the latest column from John Romano of the St. Pete Times. One bat. That’s all it will take. One bat. And I like the Rays better than the Yankees or Red Sox. One bat. And I think Tampa Bay is back in the World Series in 2012. Romano does say that this is “overly simplified” and “probably overly optimistic.” Actually, we think he is spot-on. But unfortunately, it is also all-too-familiar, and unlikely to be fixed. The Rays were one bat away from returning to the World Series in 2009. The team realized this and added Pat Burrell. The Rays were still one bat away in 2010 when they tried to trade Burrell for Milton Bradley and signed Hank Blalock to a minor league deal. Both Burrell and Blalock were eventually released. And last year of course, it was (...)Read the rest of The Rays Are ALWAYS One Bat From The World Series (81 words) © The Professor for Rays Index, 2011. | Permalink | 2 comments | Add to del.icio.u...

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