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What they're saying about the Rays

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October

Here's a sample of what other media are writing. Click on the hyperlinked words for the full stories.

Bring on the Rays
Michael Silverman, Boston Herald

The next plane the Red Sox will board will be bound for St. Petersburg, Fla., tomorrow afternoon, and it will be a flight they will make willingly for what should be a bruising and highly entertaining best-of-seven series against their fiercest regular-season foes, the Tampa Bay Rays.

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One Proud, Slow Team
Greg Couch, Chicago Sun-Times

Monday, I could only think that the Sox had no chance. Down four? That meant four home runs to tie, five home runs to win. ...

For years, Tampa Bay would have been a joke of a franchise if anyone had noticed it even existed. ...  A few days ago, Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle said the Rays reminded him of the 2005 Sox, the World Series team.

If Sox fans saw that, they would be jealous, a little nostalgic. But you had to feel good for Tampa Bay. That team can do everything. It has power, speed and a nice bullpen.

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A First for the Rays After Years in Last Place
Pat Borzi, New York Times

Nothing could deter the Rays, an expansion team that posted losing records its first 10 seasons before joining the 1991 Atlanta Braves as the only major league teams to reach the postseason after compiling baseball’s worst record the year before.

"It means everything," B.J. Upton said. "We’ve been at the bottom of the barrel for so long. And I think there was a point in time where people didn’t even know who we were."

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Rays Rise to the Occasion
Chico Harlan, Washington Post

As the year progressed, and as Tampa Bay staged the third-greatest season-to-season turnaround in American League history, they constructed baseball's most embraceable identity. They were young and eager to please. Their manager knew literature and savored good wine. They admonished doubters the old-fashioned way, by saying nothing.

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Cubs, White Sox Disappear in a Blink
Dan Morrissey, Chicago Tribune

Come with me now on a nostalgic journey back to a magical time for Chicago baseball fans.

George W. Bush was president, a gallon of gas cost $3.65 and a government bailout of the financial industry was in the works.

You know, the middle of last week.

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