Blue Monday

Congrats to the AL champion Rays. Well deserved.

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  • It’s been a wonderful season. Winning 95 games and getting to Game 7 of the ALCS is a fantastic accomplishment, made all the more apparent by the promising teams that always fall short.
    Part of me wishes we had lost in Game 5 and never come back, but the rest of me is glad we fought. I’m glad we pushed it to Game 7, and despite our lack of offense in general we still could have won that game in the 8th.
    We should never get so spoiled with our team’s recent success that we don’t accept this as a great year. Obviously the best scenario is one that ends with another ring, but getting this far is still a victory in my book. The Rays were a better team in every area in this series, and we still fought to the very end. The Red Sox are a great, young team, and look very promising for years to come. I’m excited. What is it, 100 days until pitchers and catchers report?
    Lastly, it’s been a wonderful season with all of you. YFSF makes the baseball season more fun than it otherwise would be, both for the friendship in the gamers and the posts made by the admins. Thanks for doing all that you do.

    Atheose October 20, 2008, 7:09 am
  • Well said Atheose!

    z118 October 20, 2008, 7:46 am
  • Thanks Atheose. We appreciate that, and I was actually planning on putting up (and will) a thank you to all of our wonderful commenters and readers for making YFSF such a success.
    Meanwhile, oh boy. Congrats to the Rays. With a Shields/Kaz/Garza/Son/Price rotation next year, they are going to be awfully difficult to unseat, by the Sox or the Yanks. Especially if Upton turns himself into Hank Aaron and Longoria Mike Schmidt.

    YF October 20, 2008, 9:35 am
  • hey sf, it hardly matters now i guess, and you probably don’t care at this point, but i was wrong about your use of the phrase “house money”…i wasn’t thinking of it from the sox point of view, in that they had won a game that they didn’t expect to, allowing them to continue to play, in a series that many thought they had already lost, even though not officially…in that sense they were playing with house money…my little narrow [but brilliant] mind had me focused on the rays perspective, in that they had built a large lead in games, also unexpectedly, and had some margin for error…they could afford to lose a game or 2, so in essence, they too were playing with house money…anyway, i thought i owed you an apology for jumping on you about something so trivial…

    dc October 20, 2008, 9:39 am
  • Oh god, please don’t mention that rotation. Really not looking forward to facing that next year. Price’s fastball/slider combination looked very good–not as good as Joba’s, but still very formidable.

    Atheose October 20, 2008, 9:50 am
  • Well Said, Atheose.
    I’m not really in a postion that I can comment in the gamers any longer (wireless to tv distance ratio), and I miss it.
    That said, let’s hope this defeat bring all I want it to bring. Namely: A clear and distinct divorce from Mike Timlin, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Julio Lugo, and Alex Cora (If Kotsay will accept that role).
    Congrats to the Rays. They all got scorching hot at just the right time. It’s too bad the Sox didn’t catch them before or after their 17HR explosion (which is just silly). Regular season Upton would have been much easier to put up with.
    That being said, LETS GO PHILLY!!!!

    Brad October 20, 2008, 10:01 am
  • I’m really surprised by how sad I am this morning. It was a great run, but man… coming back from 7-0 made me want it.
    If only Tito had any kind of hook in Game 2…

    Jackie (SF) October 20, 2008, 1:50 pm
  • I’m with Jackie.
    I hate the end of the baseball season.
    Might as well be a foot of snow on the ground.

    I'm Bill McNeal October 20, 2008, 2:14 pm
  • Not sure if anyone will read this, but last night my internet crapped out late in the game, which is why I wasn’t seen posting late in the game. I was even going to try a dial-up number that I have for work, but I didn’t have a long enough phone cord to sit in my seat that I was sitting in for game 5 and 6 :-)
    What a ride. I’ve been lurking around these parts for over a year now, think I found YFSF in either late 06 or early 07. I lurked probably longer than I needed to, but I wanted to get the feel for the posters and the tone of the site. I have a lot of SF and YF that I know and they are all different, just like here. Some are cordial fans, some are bitter, some are even fair weather (don’t associate with those much) so I never know what I’ll get when coming across new fans.
    I started posting here and there, and then later this season, after a few glasses of wine to loosen “the fingers” jumped headlong into a gamer and have enjoyed the ride ever since.
    To all the posters here at YFSF, here’s to you. One of the best ways to relieving a stressful day at work is to come home, spend time with the wife and kids, then after the kids are in bed, spend some time with my friends on this site, whether it is a 15 minute scan because other things have to be done, or head-down-posting-after-every-pitch gamer action.
    Looking forward to the off-season, I think this one will be very interesting on both sides. Then just another 16 or so weeks until pitchers and catchers report.

    BillsBurgSF October 21, 2008, 12:12 am
  • What is Tampa’s payroll? Isn’t 30 million or something.
    Their payroll is one thing that makes me think that they might not be able sustain their success for a period of years like the Sox or Yanks.
    Once their young players start getting pricey, will the Rays increase their payroll to keep them, or will they go the Oakland route and trade them away?

    SoxFan October 21, 2008, 12:12 am
  • according to cot’s, the rays ’08 opeing day payroll for their 25 man roster was $43,745,597
    this includes salaries plus pro-rated signing bonuses…on top of that they had a $2.3m obligation to al reyes…
    peanuts, compared to their competition

    dc October 21, 2008, 8:46 am

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