ALCS Celebration Photo Blog………….The Lost Photos 2008




I swear this is the last Photo blog of the American League Championship Series I am doing this year. I had too much fun last night and still can not find my car keys. But anyhow, here are the last few photos that I have gotten since I got home from a vastly unprepared road trip to Tampa with some people who felt like it was 1999.


I am glad there is not a Game 8, because I know a few people who will not be awake until almost 6 p.m. tonight. This is something that will change this town forever. Some people have called my hometown a “Sleepy little hamlet”, “God’s waiting room”, and my new personal favorite, “Where Bums and Benches meet in perfect harmony”.


But to be a part of a World Series against a fellow Spring Training site-mate is spectacular and  will make the area more energized than usual. So enjoy my little photo fest and I will see you all on Wed. night when the champagne stains should be out of my new ALCS Champs cap, and my brain is ready for another exciting series against the Philadelphia Phillies.



Akinora Iwamura and “Big” Cliff Floyd. Cliff has been here before, but you can tell it never gets old for the veterans either. I saw people like Dan Wheeler and Floyd, and even Trever Miller acting like kids in the candy store tonight……………and I like it.



I am starting to believe that Rays Rookie David Price is starting to like all the celebrating in the clubhouse this postseason. He deserves the save tonight, and he will surely be on the World Series roster when it comes out in a few days.



I can tell by the broad shoulders that this is Rays Bullpen catcher Scott Cursi getting the crowd into the celebration tonight at the Trop. Scott is a huge reason these guys are psyched and ready to go every night coming out of the Bullpen.  He is the Enforcer.



James “Big Game” Shields is also known as the true master of champagne bursts and celebrations. Shields is one of the big 4 starters that will try and bring home the Rays first World Series title.



Scott Kazmir is becoming an old professional at this celebration stuff. He is now reknowned as one of the true cork poppers in the Rays clubhouse. Kazmir is also one the premier lefties in the game today.



Edwin Jackson is cooling down the “Old Man” on the Rays, Carl Crawford. He was here during the lean years in Tampa Bay, and to see a winning team and a playoff berth was a dream to Carl before this season. Now the Rays can go beyond any of their wildest dreams and contend for a World Series title starting on Wed. night.



One last photo of Rookie David Price getting a cold shower to go with his first professional save tonight in the game against the Boston Red Sox. 


Okay, that is the end of all three blogs, I swear.  But I truly hoped you enjoyed going into the picture world of the Rays celebrating their first American League Championship tonight.  Be sure to tune into FOX starting this Wed night at 8 p.m. when the Rays take on the National League Champs, the Philadelphia Phillies in the best-of-seven series for the World Championship.


Also, if either team steals a base during a World Series game, Taco Bell will be rewarding every American a spicy beef crunchy taco for FREE the next day. Considering that the Rays stole 10 bases in the ALCS, we all might be eating tacos for a few days.  Go to for more information.




Hey man. Nice blog. The Rays are AL champions, and they’ll show the Phillies how much we want it. Keep posting!

Truly amazing victory. Congratulations and may you go all the way and beat the Phillies.

Hey there Raysfan.

let’s give the people an imaginary fistbump in celebration. It was a wild, wild night. I just woke up after calling my boss and he knew that there was no way I could work today, and I work from home.

I am looking forward to Wed. night soooooooooooo much. My Dad and three generations of his family grew up in Philly. I was always the southern cousin who had to be the rebel in the backyard civil war reenactments. Now I can stand loud and proud for my Rays.

I am only oging to predict a great series, and a celebration the winning team will not forget. Go Rays!!!!!!!!!!!

Rays Renegade

Thank you Jane,

Coming from you that is truly a honor. I know your roots are deep in the AL East, but as I told people, I would have commented to the Boston faithful if the score went the other way with respect, and with dignity.

But, thankfully, things went the Rays way. I hope the boys know how many people outside of Tampa Bay want the AL to take this thing again this year. The Red Sox passed the torch..we have to go light the fires and bring this World Series home now.

Rays Renegade

Success is counted sweetest…

Nice job. Tampa bound tomorrow night.

I might start Price if I had the chance.


Always honored to have MLB in the house.
you will love Tampa Bay, but then I have lived here for almost my enitre life.

Be sure to have the “Ferg’s” experience while you are here. It is the worst nightmare you will enjoy on Game day. But seriously, you will enjoy the World Series here. This stadium is a unique little world all its own.

Have a safe flight and hope to see you around the stadium in the next few games.

I think Price is our secret weapon for the Playoffs. I actually would start Sonnanstine, then let the big 3 get two starts each……….but that is why I am a blogger and not the Rays Manager.

Rays Renegade

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