Are the Tampa Bay Rays legit? |

Are the Tampa Bay Rays legit?

Praise the Lord, O’ my soul!

As soon as they told old Satan to scoot by getting rid of the “Devil” from their name, the Rays have miraculously learned how to pitch, hit and field.

Back in the ’50s, there was a Broadway Musical called “Damn Yankees” that had just the opposite scenario. This “old” guy made a deal with the devil to trade his soul so the (original) Washington Senators could win the pennant ” the Yankees had won five straight flags, missed in 1954, then won four more, hence the title. The codger morphed into a “Natural” (like Roy Hobbs), leading the Nats to the verge of the pennant. I won’t give away the ending (after the team sings, “Ya gotta have heart!”).

However, the wily serpent may just want us to THINK the Devil Rays have cast him away … that snake in the grass! So, if Tampa and the Yanks are tied with a game to go … we’ll know!

The Rays have definitely become a playoff contender this year. It’s mostly due to a great pitching staff. The key to staying in the race is if their pitching staff can stay healthy. They’ve got the guys to contend.

Unfortunately, they play in the same division with the Yankees and Red Sox, which makes things more difficult, especially with the number of games against divisional opponents teams play now.

But I’d love to see them make it to the playoffs to show the rest of baseball that teams can win by sticking with the guys they have in their farm system instead of always going outside the system to find players.

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