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Counting Down To 70…. 67

On Tuesday night, our Devil Rays returned to their winning ways, pinning down their 67th win 50 days sooner than any other D-Rays squad in history. A nice cushion was provided by a big 2-run blast by Evan Longoria, who broke Jonny Gomes’ Devil Rays rookie record with his 22nd homer of the season. Later, we continued to pound Cleveland pitching with back-to-back solo shots by Dioner “The Fat Catcher” Navarro and Cliff “Dr. Huxtable” Floyd. Thus we continue counting down….

The Devil Rays franchise record for victories in a season is set to fall sometime next week. While some would rather pretend the first 10 years of Devil Ray baseball never happened, we here at Bugs & Cranks have always seen them for what they truly were…. A Prelude To Dynasty.

With every win until the record falls, we’ll look back and commemorate the accomplishments and sacrifices of those proud, heroic Devil Rays who made this historic season possible. We continue with a look back at every 67th win in the history of Devil Ray baseball, and try to determine which was the greatest of all….

67 Legends: McClung, Smith, Piniella, Graffanino, Baez

September 25, 1999 – That Old Dump In The Bronx. Devil Rays 6, Yankees 5. An eighth-inning rally from 5-4 gave our Devil Rays their second straight (and second-ever) win at TODITB. Tony Graffanino drove in the game-winning run with a clutch 2-out double and Roberto Hernandez shut down the Yanks in the 9th for his 42nd save of the year.

September 28, 2000 – Tropicana Field. Devil Rays 11, Yankees 3. Our Devil Rays finished off their first ever three-game sweep of the Yankees, and prevented the Yanks from clinching the AL East for their third straight day. Bobby Smith had one of three Devil Ray home runs off Roger Clemens in the lopsided rout.

September 29, 2004 – Tropicana Field. Devil Rays 9, Red Sox 4. Our Devil Rays beat Pedro Martinez for the second time in a row.

September 28, 2005 – Jacobs Field. Devil Rays 1, Cleveland 0. Seth McClung pitched 8 shutout innings for our Devil Rays, and Julio Lugo drove in the game-winner in the top of the 8th.

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Here’s how I would rank them, though it’s certainly up for debate and I look forward to your always insightful comments:

  1. 2000 Sweeping the Yankees
  2. 2004 Beating Pedro again
  3. 1999 2 straight W’s in TODITB
  4. 2005 Seth McClung’s ge

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One Response to “Counting Down To 70…. 67”
  1. Dave says:

    Counting up to the number of people who give a shit about the Devil Rays… 1…….

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