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RAYS COMPLETE WORST-TO-FIRST WITH WORLD SERIES WIN!!!!!

I don’t have the last two box-scores handy and much of last night is still a haze, but the fact is that the Tampa Bay Rays managed to hold on in a winner take all Game 7 of what has to go down as one of the most epic World Series in PTP history. The history of this series is already well documented – 5 of the 7 games (the first 5, in fact) all went down to the final at bat with three of them being won in walk-off fashion. Unreal.

With the Rays up 3 games to 0 and a lead in Game 4, things were looking sweet. But you KNOW Manager Karren was not going out like that. And indeed he didn’t – patented come from behind victory in Game 4 then he dished out a couple good ole’ fashioned beat-downs in Games 5 and 6 (with a 9 day layoff in between that left Ockey’s ulcer to percolate miserably). Game 6 was just brutal. Looper gets the start and takes a no-hitter into like the 5th or something. Meanwhile, Scott Kazmir is skipping up to the plate like a little ginger-dwarf and placing balls on tees for the Cards hitters before pirouetting back to the mound like a fairy. Cards are up huge and keep piling it on for a monstrous victory that has Ockey unable to control his bowels. After stewing on his losses for 10 days now, Ockey cannot bear another night alone with his failures, so he pleads for an immediate Game 7 to end it all in whatever fashion it takes. Karren graciously accepts and it is on.

Karren again shows extreme charity in allowing Ockey a re-start after Jerry has the dreaded mouse-slip when entering his saved line-up (slipped onto vs L instead of vs R which I meant to hit). Anyway, Game 7 played out as well as Ockey possibly could have scripted it – get a lead and hand that lead to Joba. The lead came courtesy of and RBI single by Pena and a solo bomb by Upton who had a huge series. But the big story of this game was James Shields. After 2 straight flat-out dismal performances by Ray starters (Carmona and Kazmir), and after getting beat up by the Cards himself in Game 3, Shields was a MAN going 7 shutout innings allowing only 3 hits while compiling 9 K’s. Joba comes in to finish and does just that. He is as impressive as ever and Tropicana Field erupts as the final out is recorded and the Rays win it all. In so doing, Ockey at long last can check off one more thing on his list of things to do before he dies -namely, beat Ted in a World Series. In fact, I could be wrong, but I think this is the first EVER time I’ve beaten Ted in a post-season series. It is humbling and gratifying to say the least because as I’m sure Bri will agree, when you beat Ted, you really know you’ve accomplished something. He is THE managerial force in the Champions League and I want to thank him for a memorable, exhausting, gut-wrenching and ultimately glorious World Series.