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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: End of the line, beginning of the next one

Rays season ends in the ALDS

MLB: ALDS-Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

This season ended shorter than we all would have wanted. The Rays team proved a lot of folks wrong each step of the way this year. They proved 2018 was no fluke and that it was just the beginning of something.

This year they won 96 games. They toppled the Oakland A’s on the road in front of 52,000+ rowdy people and made the Coliseum grow quiet. They then took the Houston Astros, the best team in baseball and one of the very best teams assembled in decades in the sport, to the very limit. They went toe-to-toe with a juggernaut. They were able to silence a lineup of only All Stars and MVPs and compete in pitchers duels with two guys who could win a Cy Young this year, while shelling another former Cy Young.

There are some folks who believe anything short of a World Series victory is not a truly successful season. There are some who think celebrating achievements of a team anything short of the ultimate prize is pointless. I pity those people for not enjoying the journey. This season didn’t end where we wanted it to but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna look at this season as anything other than magical.

I’m disappointed that it ended but am beyond excited for where things go from here.

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  • Finally, thank you to the Rays fans, and the DRaysBay community from me and all of us at DRaysBay. Up next will still be lots of discussions, analysis, trade rumors, roster debating and so much more! This was a hell of a run, and I’m happy that we were all in this together.