Why do the Tampa Bay Rays anger me so?
Is it because they took a crappy mascot and made it worse? Is it because they continually waste draft picks I would love to have? Is it because they have done nothing to earn my respect for 10 years and suddenly the ESPNs of the world tell me I have to respect them because of two good months? Is it some sort of twisted entitlement complex where I believe the only team who should be in first place if it’s not the Red Sox is the Yankees? Is it because John Flaherty broke up a Pedro Martinez no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth in 2000?
I don’t know. All I know is I have this irrational hatred for Tampa, even moreso this year than for the Yankees. I want to kick their upstart rears back to the dome from which they came.
In that vein, here’s hoping Josh Beckett feels the same way and shows these punks who’s boss tonight. Maybe seven or eight strong innings, 10 or 11 strikeouts, 1 or 2 earned runs and at least one knee to the crotch of a random Tampa player as he returns to the dugout.
That’s all I ask.
Comment on all the crotch-kneeing (and irrational fury) here,