When the Rays played the Yankees the first week of the season, it didn’t feel like April- it felt like October. The two teams were fighting each other punch for punch and although the Rays would come away with a sweep, it sure wasn’t easy. We saw players step up their game and others falter. We saw power and pitching, dominance and implosion. It felt great. It made us realize that baseball was indeed back, but more than that, the feeling, the exhilaration, the rush through our bodies, that came every second of those games. The Rays and Yankees are two excellent baseball teams. They are division rivals but have never played in the postseason. The Yankees were always the Rays’ bullying older brother, possessing the money and the shiny toys and beating up his younger sibling. There always seem to be more Yankee fans at Tropicana Field than Rays fans when the two teams play. But the tides are turning. The Rays are a young roster still on the way up- the Yankees are an All-Star team, but an aging one. But nothing is set in stone. Don’t let anyone tell you the early-season baseball doesn’t matter. These teams will go at it and leave everything field and it’s going to be something to watch. Enjoy this 3-game set, Rays fans and Yankee fans.
By Robbie Knopf -
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Robbie is the rare Pennsylvania Rays fan and is passionate about the Rays, statistics, Pitch F/X data and just about everything related to baseball. You can check out Robbie’s writing multiple times a day at Rays Colored Glasses, where he has been writing since December of 2012. Robbie can be found on Twitter @RobbieKnopf or you can email him at [email protected]