Jan 30, 2012

Game 162: The Ultimate Rally

Barring a Tampa Bay Rays World Series victory, the final night of the regular season in 2011 was the greatest MLB moment that we have ever witnessed. It was a night of both jubilation and devastation. For the Red Sox, it was the latter. Jonathan Papelbon gave up the game winning hit in extra innings with two outs and two strikes. Ironically enough, that game winning hit came from a missed catch by former Ray Carl Crawford, opening things up for his former team.

On the other hand, the Rays got off to a 7 run deficit early. All seemed hopeless until the Rays pieced together a 8 run rally in the 8th inning. In the 9th inning, who is up to bad with 2 strikes and 2 outs? None other than Dan "Red Sox Killer" Johnson! Below is his clutch game-tying home run:

In the bottom of the 12th, just minutes after the Red Sox loss, Evan Longoria steps up to bat. With one swing, the Rays completed the biggest comeback (9 games - Sept) in MLB history to make the playoffs.

The whole story of "Game 162".

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Legend of Sam Fuld

The 2011 season started out with one disappointment after another for the Rays. Between starting the season 0-6 and losing both Longo & Manny Ramirez early, the season was starting to look pretty hopeless. The Rays did receive the spark they needed to go on one of the most historic runs to the playoffs in MLB history, but it all started in one of the most unlikely places.

With timely hitting and highlight reel catches, Sam Fuld was quite the phenomenon during the 2011 season and a huge part of the teams success. Was his success sustainable at that level? No. Will he ever be a MLB superstar? Probably not, but Sam Fuld's heart, fight and disregard for his own safety was exactly what the team needed at that time and we will forever love him for that.

Haven't filled your #LegendofSamFuld fix yet? A search for "Sam Fuld Defense" on the MLB.com video page will put many more diving catches at your fingertips.

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Matt Garza's No-Hitter

Matt Garza was a part of several big moments in the Rays young history, but his No-Hitter on July 26, 2010 against the Tigers was arguably his biggest. This no-no was the first and (for now) the only in team history.

Watch all 27 outs below:

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Jan 29, 2012

DJ Kitty

The Rays have used many videos to pump up Rays fans, but none have started rally's quite like DJ Kitty. Break out your DJ Kitty puppets and check out the video below!

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The Rays Dancing Groundskeeper

Say what you will about who was the first, but we personally think that the Tampa Bay Rays have the best dancing groundskeeper in the MLB... but you don't have to take our word for it...

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Jan 28, 2012

Tampa Bay Rays Go To First World Series

On October 19, 2008, the Rays beat the Red Sox in Game 7 of the ALCS to win the AL pennant and punch their first ever ticket to the World Series. Aki Iwamura was the player that fielded the final out of that decisive game.

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Wade Boggs 3,000th Hit

On August 7, 1999, Wade Boggs gets his 3,000th hit in a game against the Cleveland Indians. It was not only his 3rd hit of the game, but he became the first player in the 3000 Hit Club to have his 3000th hit be a home run. Derek Jeter later matched that feat on July 9, 2011 to become the second player in MLB history to do so.

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Tampa Bay Rays Inaugural Game

After much waiting and fanfare, the Tampa Bay Rays played their first game on March 31,1998. This was the day that Tropicana Field became Dome Sweet Dome.

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