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The Rays Tank: Party at Paul Rudd's Mom's house

Kegs! Selfies! Cover charges! WORLD SERIES! This is still a Rays blog, I swear. I'm just loving this bandwagon.

But first, let me take a selfie.
But first, let me take a selfie.
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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$5 cover though? Come on, bro.

And apparently you can #BEROYAL by simply going streaking:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/Royals">@Royals</a> have won 11 straight <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/postseason?src=hash">#postseason</a> games dating back to 1985, the second-longest streak in <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB">@MLB</a> history.</p>&mdash; MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBStatoftheDay/status/522612948426964993">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ned Yost has eight straight wins to start his <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/postseason?src=hash">#postseason</a> managerial career, most in <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB">@MLB</a> history. <a href="http://t.co/MoQzzUSft7">pic.twitter.com/MoQzzUSft7</a></p>&mdash; MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBStatoftheDay/status/522615432298000384">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/Royals">@Royals</a> notched the fifth ever sweep in a best-of-7 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ALCS?src=hash">#ALCS</a> series.</p>&mdash; MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBStatoftheDay/status/522610390874615808">October 16, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

I am so jealous, Kansas City fans. Enjoy every second of this sweetness. I'll just be over here watching every postseason game from 2008 and openly weeping, it's cool.

Quote of the Day:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Silverman on Friedman: &quot;He'd probably say he wants <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rays?src=hash">#Rays</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/Dodgers">@Dodgers</a> to meet in the World Series next year, and I'd be up for that, too.&quot;</p>&mdash; Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball/status/522151973424869377">October 14, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

My favorite links of yesterday that I am choosing to share with you here because I am so very generous. Enjoy on your lunch break:

- Much thanks to Jason Hanselman for digging this gem out of the archives and sharing on Twitter: a NY Times piece from April 2nd, 2006 entitled "Case Study: Fix A Baseball Team," profiling the then-new trio of Stu Sternberg, Matt Silverman and Andrew Friedman.

As @SandyKazmir said:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/alliekranick">@alliekranick</a> I hope you link to it in the stank, incredible bridge between the past, present and future.</p>&mdash; Jason Hanselman (@SandyKazmir) <a href="https://twitter.com/SandyKazmir/status/522415106144342016">October 15, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

It is, indeed, and shares some wisdom from Zim as well:

Sitting in the dugout on a cool spring evening, Don Zimmer, 75, a senior coach for the team who is starting his 57th consecutive year in baseball as a player, coach or manager, is one such man.

With his watery blue eyes and bulging red cheeks, he is the very picture of old-school baseball thinking, and he has little use for computers, economic models or other modern appurtenances. "When I watch a pitcher, I know if he is slow to the plate or not," Zimmer said. "I don't need no stopwatch."

He describes a "heated argument" with Mr. Friedman the day before, as different factions of the team's baseball staff debated which players to keep and which to send down to the minor leagues. "I've had a lot of people say to me, 'What do these kids know? They look like they are 20 years old,' " Zimmer said. "How much baseball will they grasp?"

Looking out on his young players taking infield practice, he pauses, then adds: "Stu Sternberg is no dummy and he must think they will grasp a lot. I say, give them a chance."

- A breakdown of the Friedman depature, and what it means for both the Rays and the Dodgers, from Jonah Keri.

- Burritos. Postseason Baseball. BURRITOBER. Top 5 all time favorite baseball analogies. Thank you, Jesse Spector!

- Adam Jones >

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And just because it's Thursday and exactly two months from my birthday and the Royals are going to the World Series, here's Matt Moore's extra-fluffy dog:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Reporters jumped when Silverman&#39;s interview was interrupted by a barking Griffin, <a href="https://twitter.com/MattyMoe55">@MattyMoe55</a>&#39;s goldendoodle: <a href="http://t.co/QtwlRoXHZb">pic.twitter.com/QtwlRoXHZb</a></p>&mdash; Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball/status/522436176566050816">October 15, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>