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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.



ALCS Celebration Photo Blog………….Part 2….2008



World Series tickets on sale today

Tickets for World Series games 1 and 2, to be played Wednesday and Thursday at Tropicana Field, will go on sale today to those who won the ticket lottery. Winners will be notified by e-mail this morning, with the pre-sale beginning at 5 p.m.  Fans can still register for  a chance to purchase tickets for potential games 6 and 7 at

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I have decided that this celebration can not be totally done in one blog, so I am expanding the Photo Blog to two-parts to get more photos to you, the fans before the morning.  So please enjoy the photos and make sure to keep checking out my blog throughout the World Series for Rays updates and game recaps until the end of it all………………maybe another celebration!!!!!!!!




Rays catcher Shawn Riggans running around the right field wall slapping the hands of fans and enjoying the moment as the Rays are the 2008 American League Champs.



Rays Manager Joe Maddon and ALCS MVP Matt Garza taking in the scene and finally letting it soak in that they are about to play in the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wed. night.



Rays reliever, Dan Wheeler striding down the right field line near the Rays Bullpen slapping hands and celebrating with the fans base.



How cool is that, a rookie like David Price comes in and set down one of the best lineups in the American League and now he gets to hold the AL Championship Trophy.




Aki again among the Rays faithful who stayed beyound 1 a.m. to help celebrate another Tampa Bay Rays victory and their first run at the World Series Championship.




I had to add one more photo of that world class dog pile that David Price and Dioner Navarro are on the bottom of here. I know it hurts, but it also feels so good guys.  Congrats again to a great team, and a great set of human beings. You are our heroes and our inspirations guys.


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I have not even left the ballpark yet and they are almost out of the Rays American League merchandise sent in the first wave by MLB. How crazy is that.  I am so glad the fans are excited about the World Series. I hope at least 25 percent of them come back to the ballpark in 2009 and fill the stadium.  Oh, news flash here people………..We play the Phillies in Philly next season as part of the Inter-League schedule.  How cool is that!!!!!   Road Trip.



Team getting personal time with the AL Championship trophy. Do they pass it around and can keep it for one day like the Stanley Cup?




This Photo is going to be firmly planted in my mind for a long, long time. This is the final out of the game…………a force out of Jason Bay by Akinora Iwamura to seal the deal for the Rays.



Carlos Pena getting ready to do that dance he loves to do at celebration.  Maybe Carlos can teach the entire Tampa Bay area that dance some time.



Tell me that is not one proud owner. He promised us a winner and he delivered ahead of schedule…………he could run for President right now and get elected on the Rays ticket.




Carlos and Ben Zobrist a few minutes after the final out of the game. This team is more like a family than the Pittsburgh Pirates teams in the 1970’s……………..We Are One Team!!!!!   Tell me the marketing department is not proud of thst slogan now!



This is what the Trop. looked like 2 minutes after the last out. Rays players running everywhere looking for a teammates to hug and slap some fist bumps on them.


ALCS Celebration Blog………….American League Champions 2008


As you already know, this will be a blog in the works all night long as I get more and more photos sent to me of the celebration after the Rays win their First American League Championship over the former World Champions, the Boston Red Sox.


So please be patient as I get more and more great photos in the blog tonight. I have a  associate with the media who sends me some locker room photos, so I will get those up as soon as they hit my computer.


 You knew Mr . Emotion, Jonny Gomes would be at the top of that dogpile. It might have taken a few extra days, but you know they wanted to enjoy this with the home fans too.


 I bet to Jonny, this is better than a “E” ticket ride at Disney, or the last 2 celebrations. By now these guys are getting to be old hats at celebrating the good stuff. Congrats to everyone on the Rays and to the entire organization. I will be phoning a lot of you tomorrow about the great night, and the great future for this team……………Go Rays !!!!!!



How about David Price, still a rookie and he just put some hurting on the Red Sox to get his team to a date with the Philadelphia Philles for the World title. I bet this is better than anything that happened to him at Vanderbilt University.



I think we can safely say that Dioner Navarro does not want to let loose of David Price, because the team was bearing down on them when this photo was taken.  Just remember to breathe before the pile gets on you guys.


Go ahead David, yell loud and proud. This entire team deserves this. They are some of the best individuals I have ever met………….and to think, I have a team photo now with the AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS on my wall.



When Stu Sternberg bought this team he said he was going to change the dynamics of this team from losing to winning. I do not even think he thought it would turn around so fast for this franchise.



If this guy is not the Manager of the Year award winner, we should just pack that award away and never give it out to anyone this year. As a “Maddon’s Maniac”, Joe you are a true inspiration to this community and a thrill to hear talk about baseball………….You derserve every moment of this.



I hear hear Joe now, ” Um, Stu, You think we can re-adjust my contract now”  just kidding guys. We have until Wed before we have to worry about anything right now.  Celebrate with everyone gentlemen. Tampa Bay is open for you right now.



What can you say about this guy tonight. He only went 2-0 in the ALCS, with a 1.38 ERA, and he got 14 strikeouts.  Can you say American Leagues Championship Series Most Valuable Player………….Matt Garza.



You deserve it Matt.  You toppled the World Champions twice in a week, and you also got to celebrate at home.



Gabe Gross getting some cold bubbly from Rays starter Scott Kazmir in his infamous beer goggles.



Scott Kazmir getting a direct hit on Rays center fielder B J Upton in the celebration in the Rays clubhouse following the on-field celebration.



Akinora Iwamura doing his home celebration his own way by coming out and celebrating with the Fans in the Trop.  that is why he is a fan favorite.



Akinora Iwamura again up on the dugout thanking the fans that are still here and helping the team celebrate their American League title.



Rays Manager, Joe Maddon visiting with his old bass, former Los Angeles Angels owner Jackie Autry, the widow of the singing cowboy Gene Autry before giving the team the American League Championship trophy on the field.



Rays First Base Coach, George Hendricks, who got to celebrate like this with the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals as a player, with Rays starter, James Shields getting the cold shower.



B J Upton has the goggles in the down position and taking on hostile champagne in the clubhouse.  you know that cork is going to leave a mark BJ?