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May
14
2008

It's Time to Adopt

By Jack Cobra  |  Comments (4) | Hype It Up!  |   Filed Under: Baseball | Featured | Jack Cobra Archive
tampabayrays.jpgWhile I will be a Cubs fan until the day I die, every season I pick an American League team to follow and become a fan of. This allows me to learn about a new team, new players and know a little bit more about the AL and since I can never get enough baseball knowledge....it's a good time. Oh, I also buy a hat from the team. I only have one rule when picking out a team and that rule is that the team can't be the Yankees or the Red Sox. Sorry, they have enough fans. It also can't be the White Sox for obvious reasons. Last season that team was the Angels and this season it came down to either the Orioles, Royals and the Rays. After a lot of research and voting.....the team is going to be the Tampa Bay Rays.

Of course the Rays are in first place in the AL East and that will probably be the first reason why most people think I chose them but it's not true....here are the three main reasons:

- I like that they play hard - They are a young team but they aren't lazy. Each time that I've watched them play this season they've never given up until the final out is recorded. I can get behind a team that does that.

- They have a lot of young talent. A lot - B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford, Scott Kazmir, James Shields....take your pick. They are all young and they are all talented. It's fun to watch a team, and its players, mature right before your eyes.

- Fantasy Baseball Implications -
Right now I have Upton, Longoria, Crawford and Kazmir on at least one of my fantasy baseball teams and I'm probably looking to pick up at least one more Rays player in the next week. I want to win my league so I'm pulling for these guys to do well....it's kind of like killing two birds with one stone.

I don't have any dreams that the Rays are going to end up in the World Series or anything like that but it should be a fun season following this young team as they begin to emerge in the AL East.

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4 Comments
Matt J said

Jeff Niemann also isn't a bad pitcher. Of course, now that I say that, he'll blow a rotator cuff or something.

I'm not a fan of the Rays, per se, but I am familiar with a lot of their players as I live in Durham and have been following the Bulls (their AAA farm club) for the past four years or so. When I got here, they were always headed to the AAA World Series, so I suspected, at some point, the Rays would eventually get decent. It's good to see some of that talent coming to major league fruition.

Jack Cobra said

Wow, Durham is a great place to be lately. I imagine they are doing pretty well with season tix sales. They have that Price kid coming up over the next few seasons and they have another high draft pick this season so they should remain fully stocked for awhile.

Big Daddy said

You may also like the Rays for the fact that they have Portage ties... SS Elliot Johnson's father lives in Portage and brought his son's home from AZ for the summers to play baseball in Portage. Elliot's younger brother was also drafted in the late rounds but is currently playing in college. Just a bit of info for your new AL team.

Toby said

Even with all of the young talent at the Big League level, the Rays still have the most loaded minor league system in all of baseball...particularly pitcing prospects. With David Price, Wade Davis, and Jake McGee, the Rays have 3 of the top young arms in baseball. Jeremy Hellickson is the next pitcher to be considered elite. Check out his numbers thus far this season, they are absurd. When you combine those young arms with Shields, Kazmir, Garza, Edwin Jackson, and Niemann, then you are seeing something special.

Oh yeah, they have the #1 pick again in this year's draft.


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