In case you were kidnapped and held in an underground bunker over the weekend, let me break some good news to you: The Rays knocked off the Astros and are headed to the World Series!
The most aesthetically pleasing team you ever did see pic.twitter.com/9YHUd9ORZQ— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 18, 2020
They will play the Dodgers, who rallied to knock off the Braves 4-3 in Game 7 of the NLCS.
The World Series will begin on Tuesday. All games will be at 8 PM on Fox.
Fabian Ardaya at The Athletic: The Rays did it their way.
Marc Topkin: As if there any doubt, Cuban sensation Randy Arozarena was named ALCS MVP.
Topper also with Twitter reactions.
‘Boys want that boat parade!’ Twitter reacts to Rays' Game 7 win over Astros https://t.co/WN6VKHDmgF— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) October 18, 2020
John Romano at the Times: Hello America. Meet the Rays, your new favorite team.
Mike Petriello on how the Rays defense helped decide the series.
Jayson Stark says there has never been another great team like the Rays.
Stephanie Apstein at SI:
This is what the Rays do. They were assembled at a baseball thrift shop, picked up between chipped teacups and moth-eaten afghans.— Stephanie Apstein (@stephapstein) October 18, 2020
“We’re not the most popular team out there. But if you do all the little things right, great things can happen.”https://t.co/dybBDO5FOY
From AJ Cassavell:
Randy Arozarena is the sweet-swinging, hard-hitting, dance-battling, boot-wearing breakout star of the playoffs. Now he has some hardware to show for it. https://t.co/Y2mqM4ecLC— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) October 18, 2020
Neil Solandz on the Randy trade:
This was a little surprising, but Ji-Man Choi will be the first Korean position player to play in the World Series.
Congrats to Ji-Man Choi of the #RaysUp on becoming the 1st Korean position player to reach the World Series. 3 Korean pitchers have thrown in the World Series: Byung-Hyun Kim (2001 Diamondbacks), Chan Ho Park (2009 Phillies) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (2018 Dodgers).— Jeeho Yoo (@Jeeho_1) October 18, 2020
While Randy was great, let’s not forget the great work done by Charlie Morton.
This is fantastic: