The Rays had no choice but to deny it that the reason they lost yesterdays game was because of a collective hangover; and I dont mean emotional hangover, but the kind of hangover you get from drinking way too much on a Saturday night.
Of course they lost the seasons last home game because they were, probably to a man, fighting the effects of the previous nights alcohol intake. Dozens of cases of beer consumed. Dozens of bottles of champagne. If youve ever tried to take a jog with a vile hangover, you know how debilitated you are. Now try to focus on a low-and-outside slider.
Hey, I dont blame the guys for getting wasted after clinching the teams first ever playoff spot on Saturday. And I dont blame them for not admitting that the after-effects of boozing contributed to the loss just so long as they realize that much more work is to be done to hold off Boston for the AL East title, and they get back in gear tonight.
Celebrating too early and allowing the Sox to pass them in the division race would really set a bad note for the playoffs, and that includes forfeiting home field advantage.
Shit, I almost forgot. Congratulations Rays. You got it done the first part, at least.
I cant remember the last time the Bucs were in a barnburner like yesterdays win against the Bears, and it was fun to watch. I give Brian Griese big ups for staying resilient and rallying his team.