They survived an epic meltdown in Game Five and some self-destruction in Game Six, and faced down a near-dynasty in the Boston Red Sox to win their first pennant in their eleventh season of play. Matt Garza looked like a young Curt Schilling for seven innings, and he and four relievers escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. The last of them, rookie David Price, closed out the defending world champions in the ninth with the tying run at the plate.
Congrats to the Tampa Bay Rays, 2008 American League Champions. The World Series starts Wednesday in St. Pete. Gotta figure it will be Hamels vs. Kazmir. We'll have more on the Rays and the matchup over the next couple days.