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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

It's Beautiful. Why Must They Ugly It Up?


I have been priviledged to see the mercurial rise of the lowly "Devil Rays" and the blossoming of the new "It" team from very close and from far away. Sure I was shit-lucky in having Matt Silverman accidentally "win" me and my services. But I really did ask for it. I DARED someone to make me a Rays fan.

And I have LOVED every second of it!

I didn't Fear what the consequences were. Nor do I Fear the reality that is Here.

The Ugly Duckling has effectively shed it's downy chick feathers, has leapt from the nest of 5th place (hey, at least they were never WORSE than 5th!!!) and now swims gracefully atop the rising tide of the AL East. And the Swan is just learning how to preen it's beautiful feathers...
Yet, as quickly as a national media can corner a story ("Holy Crap! the Rays -blah, blah blah- for the first time in Franchise history!"), they can just as quickly smother it.

I have seen the following words in the afterglow of the national media spotlight:

"The Rays winning is BAD for baseball"
"I'm sick of hearing about the Rays, Rays, Rays"

"They're going to blow it anyway and be in last place by September"
Seriously.....?


Grapes can make a beautiful wine. Even a tasty red wine that Joe Maddon would have ready to un-cork in his office after another satisfactory win.

Grapes however can also be sour. Why must people thrash, flail and essential deny reality when it comes to CHANGE? Why does Fear thrive in a world where information and knowledge can be obtained faster than ever?

Face reality. Embrace reality. The Rays are Here. The Rays will continure to be Here and the Future of the AL East will revolve around the Continuation of what has already begun. This team wasn't built for 2008. This team was built for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and beyond.

This team was built to be the New Atlanta Braves... to win perennially in a market oversaturated with poor attitudes and a long history of losing. Look at what the Braves did for the 20 years prior to 1991 and see if it reeks familiar.

There is no other team in baseball with more young, developing, talented pieces producing Now (a.k.a "Here"). There is NO team in the game with more prospective pieces that are developing and ready to be chips to fill the gaps and/or be traded to fill gaps.

The Rays have seriously built this team the Right way. The players play the Right way. They are building a foundation of high quality baseball for years to come.

I have to say, having the Rays become the sudden media darling has been a wonderful exercise in determining which national journalists are full of shit and which actually might know their shit...

If you think THAT is bad for baseball - well then maybe YOU are bad for baseball!!!!!

Go RAYS!!!!

- - - - - Manny Stiles, your brother in the fight against the ignorance...


P.S. - 9=8 minus 7 = We Are One Team

9 comments:

Crackajg said...

Is it safe to say the Yanks/Sox rivalry has officially turned into the Yanks/Sox/Rays trifecta rivalry?

Crackajg said...

I submit that it is.

JustinY said...

Baltimore's above .500!

Crackajg said...

I think that Murphy's law can also apply to sports journalism. Any and all retarded, baseless, nonsensical things that can said about a particular sporting subject can and will be said/printed/written.

Kelsdad said...

Screw Rookie of the Year, Longoria ends the season over .300, with maybe 25-30 bombs and 110+ ribbies, he's a solid MVP candidate too...

Kelsdad said...

Almost forgot, Gold Glover too...

Crackajg said...

Et tu Ichiro?

falcon02520 said...

GO RAYS!!!

Longoria should win the gold glove, hands down...

The Rays do it with defense and pitching...

Andrew Godfrey said...

Tonight's game with Kazmir and Matsuzaka should be a good one. I agree that Longoria has a shot at MVP this season. He has turned an already good team into an even better team.

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