The Tampa Bay Rays seems like a team that should be out of it by now, but like Thomas the Engine, the team simply refuses to quit.
The Rays should had been dead after they started the season, a season in which they were predicted to be American League favorites, 18 games below .500. They should had been dead when they stupidly traded their star ace David Price to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for peanuts.
But time and time again, the Rays shows the grip, poise and determination to fight for what they believe is theirs. With their 4-1, 10 inning win over the lowly Chicago Cubs, the Rays are just five games in back of the red-hot Kansas City Royals for the second wild card playoff spot.
I mean, say what you will about the Rays, but one thing that you absolutely cannot say is they are quitters. They play a scrappy brand of baseball. They value every at-bat, and play scrappy defense. In short, Tampa Bay embodies the image of their manager, Joe Madden.
With three more games over the sour Cubs, and a four game set with the equally terrible Texas Rangers, the Rays have a golden opportunity to achieve the impossible. The Rays have not fought and clawed this hard to stop the momentum now.
The Rays believe they can do it, I believe they can do it, and the rest of Tampa Bay needs to rally around this rag-tag bunch. The Rays are on the verge of making history. Do you believe in miracles? You should.