First, a brief interlude. The Rays game was by far the least important baseball game tonight, even for Rays fans. The Miami Marlins took around 15 minutes before their game tonight to honor Jose Fernandez, and it was a beautiful ceremony all around:
Marlins players embrace on mound before first pitch. pic.twitter.com/BPynlStPRj— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) September 26, 2016
And then, in the first inning, this happens:
That is 16 baserunners for the #Marlins this evening.— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) September 27, 2016
Baseball is a great game and we are correct in loving it so much.
Now, tonight’s game that can test our faith:
Gone but not forgotten. pic.twitter.com/RAG7HqbjNE— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 27, 2016
#Rays threatening vs. old buddy James Shields with a Longoria walk and Miller double— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 27, 2016
The @whitesox extend their lead to 5-1 in the 7th on Justin Morneau's 2-run HR.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 27, 2016
So that’s something. Rays lose 7-1 on one of the worst games of the season. Honestly the presidential debate was far more entertaining than this. Hopefully tomorrow the Rays will perform just a bit better.