Well, that makes sense. I am in Denver on business but, was not surprised to learn that the 1-0 lead the Rays had when I left for a meeting last night turned into a loss.
At first, I was a little upset. But I turned it around fast for a few reasons. First, my meeting was at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre, a place that makes it hard to be mad about things like baseball. Second, and more importantly, I realized how unrealistic my expectations were.
Looking at it from 5,000 feet (get it?) it ocurred to me that I should never have expected this team to do things like everyone else. You expect a normal team to finish a sweep when they steal game 1 on the road and have their best two pitchers lined up for games 2 and 3. But that just wouldn’t be the Rays way, would it?
Part of the fun of the 2011 Rays is the improbable way they have solved problems. Be it the LegendofSamFuld, Matt Moore dominating game 1, or Kelly Shoppach turning into Johnny Bench. This team just isn’t going to be shackled by our interpretation of traditional baseball outcomes.
I have no idea what to expect this afternoon. I won’t even be able to follow the game because I will be on a flight and expect to land sometime around the 8th or 9th inning. I know this, regardless of the outcome, game 4 will make for a great story.