Smoke gets in your eyes
Okay, I'm no scientist, but I know this much: If you set off a smoke machine in a room with a ceiling and you don't have any windows to open, the smoke is going to hang around for a while. Watching last night's Rays game was like watching a game from 1972. I kept looking for an antenna to adjust for a clearer picture. Hopefully the smoke will be gone in time for tonight's game.
Anyway, about last night's game. Sure felt like 2008, didn't it? Stars Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria had big games. Pitcher James Shields was effective. The bullpen was solid. New guys such as Sean Rodriguez and Kelly Shoppach started the ninth-inning rally. Heck, even Pat Burrell contributed, including blowing through coach Tom Foley's stop sign to score the team's first run. As you can imagine, the game didn't go over so well in Baltimore. You can read the Baltimore Sun's game story here.
So, with the Yankees beating the Red Sox, the Rays moved into first place. Now if they can just hang on for only 161 more games.