Sunday, October 19, 2008

An ExtravaGARZA in Tampa Bay

All that we know is at an end, folks!

The 2008 World Series will be between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays. Yes, you read that correctly, the Phillies and the Rays.

Before we get to that though, let's discuss Game 7 for a moment:
- WOW. That's all we have to say about Matt "Extrava-" Garza's pitching performance. 7 innings pitched, 2 hits, 1 run allowed. Garza went 2-0 in the series with a 1.38 ERA and 14 K's, garnering the series MVP.
- ERROR! ERROR! Honestly, at the time that it happened, it felt like Jason Bartlett's error in the 8th inning was gonna cost the Rays this series, but the Rays' bullpen stood strong and got out of a jam.
- Unsung Hero. Rays' DH Willy Aybar. 2-for-3 on the night, 2 runs scored, including a home run in the bottom of the 7th.
- The Lester, or rather Lesser Man. Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who lost back-to-back starts for the first time in his career. He gave up 3 runs in 7 innings: a solid outing, but definitely overshadowed by Garza.

Anyways, back to the World Series. For one, as a resident of the great state of Florida, gotta love that Florida teams are now 8-0 in MLB postseason series all-time. That's impressive. On the other hand, Marlins fans everywhere will cringe for the next couple of weeks as the World Series plays out. The Marlins' division rival: the Phillies, against the in-state rival: the Rays. Ouch.

Also, this World Series will, in essence be a contest to see which franchise sucks less. (Huh?!?)
Let's rephrase that: The 2008 World Series will be between the losingest team in professional sports history, the Phillies, and the MLB's symbol of futility for the past decade, the Rays. The Phillies are the first professional franchise to ever lose 10,000 games (TEN THOUSAND!). That's a lot of losing. Though, to be fair, they have been around since the 19th century, but who cares. The Rays on the other hand, have never had a winning season, let alone make the playoffs, prior to this year. That's not to say that neither of these teams aren't good, but we're pretty sure a Phillies-Rays World Series is one of the seven signs of the apocalypse.

Congrats, Tampa Bay. Tonight you bathe in champagne. Enjoy it.

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