If you’re a Tampa sports fan I hope for your sake you can get off work at 4 today because this may be one of the most exciting sports days in the history of the Bay Area. Ignoring for a second that hockey season kicks off for the Bolts this week, today, Monday October 3rd will see two nationally televised games coming out of Tampa and St. Pete.
At 5 o’clock the Tampa Bay Rays will host the Texas Rangers at the Trop. The game will be televised nationally on TBS and the Rays hope to take a 2-1 advantage in the ALDS. You can’t say enough good things about this Rays team, they have been the embodiment of all that is right with baseball over the last month. Despite considerable odds, losing their entire bullpen and their top four salaries from 2010, being stuck in a division with teams that outspend them 5:1 (Yankees) and 4:1 (Red Sox) and being stuck nine games out before September started, and yet they will play today in Tampa with a legitimate shot to continue on to the ALCS.
While the Red Sox locker-room broke down and Terry Francona ultimately left Boston because he couldn’t even get his team “to care about each other on the field.” The Rays have utilized team chemistry and strong fundamental baseball to keep them relevant. Basically, you have love this Rays team because they straight up out-worked a more talented, better-compensated team and found their way into the playoffs because of it.
After the Rays battle for their playoff lives in St. Pete, the Bucs will host the Indianapolis Colts in Tampa at Raymond James on MNF. Hopefully the games do not overlap, but even so the city of Tampa will be in the national spotlight for about seven hours tonight. I’ll be previewing today’s Bucs-Colts games all day (so stick around), but this is going to be a major sports day in Tampa. I hope all of you are ready, and please, make sure to be smart and drive safely.