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October 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm ET
Why I’m Pulling For The Rays

Dick, Charlie... pay attention.  One might think I’d pull for a total Rays collapse after one of my co-bloggers at Bugs & Cranks repeatedly attempted to downplay and devalue the success of the 2007 Rockies.

Not so.

I’m going to channel my frustration, bitterness and jealousy in a different direction.

Not because I care about or enjoy the Rays, their story, or their Rayvolution of cowbells, mohawks and all of the other dumbass gimmicks needed to create interest in a really good baseball team.

Not because I hold some type of disdain for Philadelphia — which makes me one of the few outside Philly who doesn’t.

None of that and none them matter to me.テつ What matters to me is what’s lacking in Colorado and how a Rays championship could potentially change it.

We are four Rays victories away from entering our 17th season with 0 championships, while Florida enters it’s 17th with 2, and the D-Backs and Rays each enter their 12th with 1.テつ Think about how embarrassing that is.

That’s one average (Phoenix) and two pathetic (Miami & Tampa/St. Pete) sports towns with four more baseball championships than Denver, Colorado — one of the very best sports town.


Maybe, just maybe, that embarrassment — being the last of the four recent expansion teams to win a championship — would be the motivation this ownership needs to wake up.

To re-sign a Matt Holliday.

To increase a payroll to rival that of even the mid-level teams.

To not settle for second level managers, coaches and free agents.

To not tiptoe around top draft picks because of their agent.

Those would be good starting points anyways.

Then again, it probably wouldn’t change a thing.テつ It’s not like we’re not dealing with Steinbrenners or Mark Cuban — people who actually love the sport they’re involved it.テつ We’re dealing with a couple of rich dopes who own a baseball franchise only to enhance their own fortune.

It’s likely the Monforts aren’t even aware of who the Rays are or what they are doing.

It’s even more likely they could care less about Rockies fans or their frustrations.

Ugh.テつ We’re screwed.

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3 Responses to “Why I’m Pulling For The Rays”
  1. Lemon says:

    That’s the first time I’ve ever heard Denver referred to as one of the very best sports town. The Broncos cheating on the salary cap to get Horse Face (7) a pair of Lombardi’s 10 years ago hardly makes Denver a sports mecca.

    Broncos- suck it
    Rockies- blow it
    Nuggest- lick it
    Avalanche- not a real sport

  2. Brett says:

    Hey! Tampa/St. Pete isn’t a pathetic sports town. It may be a dismal, frontrunning, bandwagon sports town but I think pathetic is a little too harsh. And even so, I miss the days when I could get free tickets to any bucs game in the big sombrero or sneak down into the club seats at a rays game with an outfield ticket. Alas, the bandwagoners are buying all the tickets now that we have decent teams.

  3. Saint says:

    I’m for the Phillies.

    It would prove that ANYBODY can win the World Series … maybe even Colorado.

    Let’s start spring training now!

    Seriously, though, I hope the Phils don’t catch 2007 Rockies fever from all the time sitting on their hands while the Rays were being tested and primed.

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