The Rays Tank: Dan Wheldon Dies, Cards-Rangers Series, and KotchTalk

FONTANA, CA - FEBRUARY 3: (FILE PHOTO) Andretti Green Racing IndyCar driver Daniel Wheldon during the annual Indycar Series pre-season "Test in the West" on February 3, 2003 at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. Wheldon died today, October 16, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada during the IZOD IndyCar World Championships when his car was involved in a 15-car wreck. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

MLB Chatter

So after last night, it looks like it's going to be a Cardinals-Rangers World Series. I don't know how everyone else feels, but this is about the worst possible outcome for me. I can't bring myself to root for the Rangers after how they knocked the Rays out the past two years, and I'm only feeling indifference about the Cardinals. The Brewers...now there's a team I was excited to see get a shot at the Series. But Cards-Rangers? Meh.

This is late, but Joe Posnanski wrote an article recently on the worst contracts in baseball. It's a gimmicky idea, but one I never get tired of reading about. Each season changes the perspective on some contracts and sees a couple new names up for consideration, but for the most part, it's amazing how much of the list remains the same.

Anyone remember October 15, 1986? Wendy Thurm does, and she wrote a lovely piece about the epic baseball game that happened that night.

Rays Talk

There was very little news about the Rays this weekend, so this is going to be short. On Sunday, Topkin noted that the Rays are unlikely to move quickly on making decisions on either Johnny Damon or Casey Kotchman, meaning they're going to wait to see how the rest of the offseason turns out before looking to resign them. The way I see it, they're the fallback options: if nothing else works out and the Rays can't acquire better bats to fill either the DH or 1B holes, then Kotch and Damon are decent options that'll come cheap. But by no means are they the Rays' top priority....nor should they be.

This isn't Rays-related, but it is local: IndyCup racer and St. Pete native Dan Wheldon died this weekend in a horrific crash. I can't say I knew too much about him before this, but his obit made my heart bleed regardless.

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