Born and raised a Rays fan, I have come to appreciate and become thankful for the efforts made by various Rays players over the years. With Thanksgiving upon us, I figured I would talk about the Tampa Bay Rays players that I am most thankful for.
Although I am only an 18-year-old college baseball player, I have witnessed my fair share of Tampa Bay Rays baseball over the years. During the Tampa Bay Rays golden age (2008-2013), I got the chance to go to a couple dozen Rays games a year and some of the most important games in Rays history; 2008 Division and World Series clinching games, Games 1 and 2 of the World Seres, Garza’s no-no, etc.
What I am getting at is that I have been afforded the ability to watch the best game in the world be played at the highest level by some truly great ballplayers. As a college baseball player now, I would be lying if I said that the play of numerous Rays players didn’t have an impact on the way I tried to play the game that I loved growing up. For this, I am truly thankful, as they have played a role in getting me to where I am today.
As a young ball player, I looked up to my favorite players just as countless youngsters have for over 100 years. Not only did I look up to them, but I tried to emulate their style of play… Their hustle, their stance at the plate, their delivery to the plate, even the way would kick the infield dirt in-between pitches.
With this in mind and Thanksgiving just around the corner, I figured I would say thank you to my favorite Rays…