September 26, 2012; Boston, MA USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) beats the tag of Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena (23) during the fifth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

The Life of a Rays Fan in the Midst of Red Sox Nation

I live in the Northeast, primarily smack dab in the middle of the so called ‘Red Sox Nation’ and am absolutely enamored with the Tampa Bay Rays, from the management of the organization down to the scouting. Now imagine every single day listening to sports talk radio and hearing about the woes of the inflated payroll of the Boston Red Sox. How $170 million doesn’t buy what it used to. About how with such a large payroll how it’s easy to hide mistakes. Imagine listening to fans constantly talking about how the Sox should just trade for Joe Mauer, Albert Pujols, and every other superstar with an overpriced contract regularly. It must be nice for large payroll teams to make a $120 million mistake and not blink twice.

It makes me proud knowing that even in the basement of payroll that the Rays still stay competitive. It makes me proud to know that with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, even if in one of the toughest divisions, that a winning record alone is a feat. I don’t consider not making the playoffs a failure on the season. Anything short of a World Series title does not signify failure in my book. Maybe it’s just a part of being in the AL East. I see it as the glass is half full. Just to be competitive season to season in my eyes is judged as successful.

So every time I hear a complaint on a radio show concerning the underperforming, high payroll Sox I shed a little grin….and so should you. That’s what I deal with on a daily basis.

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