Monday, October 20, 2008

The little team that could

Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays made it into the World Series. And all I have to say about that is, thank God! I'm starting to think they let the Red Sox push them to a Game 7 just to up the excitement and anticipation factor. And can I just say, as someone who was really rooting for the Rays to kick reigning champion Boston to the curb, that it's almost as stressful to be an antifan, wanting a particular team to lose, as it is to be a fan and wanting a particular team to win.

I know lots of people were hoping for a Dodgers-Red Sox series, mostly because L.A. vs. Boston would have brought great ratings. (And it's all about the ratings and making money, right?) But the Rays surprised everyone and not only climbed their way to first place in the AL East but held on. And now this team, which had never won more than 70 games in a season, is headed to the World Series. I'm not a Rays fan, but it's the kind of underdog story I can root for.

And in honor of their achievement, here are today's Sports Crushes of the Day:

Evan Longoria, 3rd base

Matt Garza, pitcher

Rocco Baldelli, right field

Who wouldn't want to watch these guys play?

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