With the 2009 regular season in the books, let's go ahead and forget about yesterday's 13-2 loss to the Yankees and instead remember some of the nice things that happened this season. And hey, at 84-78 this is the Rays' second best record ever. Plus, think of all the history they got to participate in: Mark Buehrle threw that perfect game, Jeter tied Lou Gehrig's career record for hits as a Yankee, and A-Rod moved into the number two spot for most RBI's in a single inning, thanks in part to Andy "Five Runs" Sonnanstine. I know I shouldn't be mad, but I just can't help it.
Hopefully I can make some kind of thoughtful contribution sometime soon, but I just can't right now. Here are some happy things to help ease the sting of the season's end
1) Three Rays finished in the top 25 for home runs (Peña, Longoria, and Zorilla) and triples (Crawford, Bartlett, and Zobrist again).
2) The Trop was almost 80% full for the Rays' final game (though not necessarily with Rays fans).
3) If you click here, you'll hear a pretty interesting interview with Fernando Perez and Gabe Kapler, and if you click here, you'll get one with Maddon. I highly recommend clicking on both (though not at the same time, as that'd probably get confusing).