Lots of doom-and-gloom in these parts lately. And, frankly, I am partly to blame.
I have been writing lots of ho-hum pieces complaining about our team. What a spoiled brat I am.
Is it possible that I am disappointed with a team that is in the thick of the wild card race? Is it possible that I am disappointed with a team that is above .500? Is it possible that I am disappointed with a team that is winning games despite the fact that Will Rhymes has 120 at bats? (Truth be told, there are a lot of teams in D-Rays history on which Will Rhymes could get 100+ at bats. None of those teams were 50-47).
What a difference a few years make. If this was 2008, we’d be celebrating the Rays’ improbable success. Right? Hey, we were in last place last season but now we have a winning record! Playoffs? Really? Cool! Just the possibility would be exciting.
But that same success in 2012 is disappointing because we have tasted the postseason all of 3 times. Weird. What are we? Yankee fans? World Series or bust?
We are letting a change in perception affect our ability to relax. This team can be fun. Last night proves it. Every night, Joe Maddon sends out a starting pitcher that has a pretty good shot of turning in a gem. And, every night our team has a better than even chance of winning. That is HUGE.
After all, we are winning a lot compared to 1998-2007. Trust me, that was actually depressing baseball. I was there. It made those of us working in the Press Box weird. We would have given our left arm for just a few weeks of the ‘disappointing’ ball this team is currently playing when we were mired in that stretch.
So, I challenge you. Put the postseason on the shelf. Relish this team night-to-night. Maybe 2013 will bring a juggernaut and maybe it won’t. Stop waiting for the best team ever and enjoy a really good team. To channel Joe Maddon for a minute, ‘live in the present tense.’
I’ll do it too. No more moping. No more ‘what could have been’ posts. Who knows? Maybe we’ll have a little fun with the rest of the summer.