Both local newspapers led this morning with eulogies for this “era” of Rays baseball. That’s just lazy.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. Officially closing the Rays “window” is the easy column to write. Both papers have to know that every media outlet in the country will look at the Rays’ loss in Game 5 of the ALDS in this way so, why not jump on board. (re-read that, we are upset about losing in the playoffs…the Devil Rays losing in the playoffs disappoints us…bizarre) God forbid our guys break away from the expected script.
Do we know this “era” of Rays’ baseball is over? Of course not. We won’t know that until they start playing games again in 2011. Do we know the next “era” of Rays’ baseball won’t be just as good or — dare I say it — better? Of course not. But let’s go ahead and kick everyone while they are down. Also, let’s pretend like this team is a disappointment because they never won a World Series. That is, quite simply, absurd.
We still have the best third-baseman in baseball who is so young that he is still getting better. Right? We still have a second-year pro who nearly stole the Cy Young award from the Yankees $100-million man. Right? We still have so much starting pitching — including the top pitching prospect in baseball — that we need to dump a good pitcher just to make room for it all. Right? And we still have the mad scientist that took a group of castoffs and formed them into something so creative that it won 96 games in the AL East and subsequently became the blueprint for winning baseball in the post-steroid era. Right?
Don’t let the newspapers tell you that this is a time for mourning. This is baseball. Save the sad stuff for real life.
The only thing we know for sure is that 25 guys are going to put on the home whites on April 1, 2011, and we are going to have fun cheering for them.
No one described the time between now and then better than Rogers Hornsby: “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”