ST PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 01: The Tampa Bay Ray raise their 2010 American League East championship banner just before the start of the Opening Day game against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field on April 1, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
I found myself a bit perplexed this past weekend. As I took in the Yankees/Red Sox game Saturday afternoon, I was giddy with excitement as Boston blew a nine run lead. As with many Rays fans at this point, the Red Sox have leapfrogged the Yankees on my most hated list. This happened a couple years ago, and I find myself rooting for the Yankees whenever they play. After a game, I typically reenact the scene from Ace Ventura when Jim Carrey takes the plunger to his mouth and spends an inordinate amount of time in the shower cleansing himself.
But with the Red Sox free fall, I got to thinking. Maybe Rays fans should begin rooting for the Red Sox when they play New York. With the new playoff format, it is more important than ever to win your division. Otherwise, after game 162 it's off to face the Angels in a winner take all death match, and the Rays have the fortune of facing Jared Weaver or CJ Wilson. How disappointing would that be? Think about it. The Rays play well all season, win about 94 games in the toughest division in sports, and they are rewarded with a one game playoff against an elite pitcher. This is a devastating scenario I have zero interest in.
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