Aug 25, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Jamey Wright (35) throws a pitch during the tenth inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jamey Wright has been in baseball for longer than the Tampa Bay Rays have been in existence, predating the Rays by two seasons. As a rookie in 1996, Wright played alongside such long since retired players as Andres Galarraga and Milt Thompson. Hall of Fame players such as Ozzie Smith, Dennis Eckersley and Andre Dawson were still playing in the majors, and Major League Baseball did not yet need to answer questions about Barry Bonds‘ head reaching the size of a small planetoid.
In his career, Wright has seen the home record fall as home runs piled up like a pinball score. He saw the Boston Red Sox end their World Series futility, twice. He has been in baseball when the Mets finally had a pitcher throw a no-hitter, and to see the advent of instant replay. Wright has seen teams move and switch leagues during his playing days. Yet, of everything that has happened in baseball during his career, Jamey Wright had never experienced the postseason.
That is, until now. After eighteen long years toiling first as a starter, then as a middle reliever, Wright has finally gotten his first taste of the postseason in his first season with the Rays. After spending the last few years attempting to crack a major league roster as an non-roster invitee in Spring Training in pursuit of a championship, Wright finally has the opportunity to enjoy his first glimpse of playoff baseball as a player instead of as a spectator.
Even though Wright is unlikely to play a major role for the Rays in their quest for their first World Series championship, he still has finally reached the Promised Land. For a player that has seen a lot of things happen in his playing days, Jamey Wright can now add one more item to that list: experiencing playoff baseball firsthand.