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Thanksgiving Edition: Rays players I am thankful for

By Austin Reimann
ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 19: General view of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrating after defeating the Boston Red Sox in game seven of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on October 19, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 3-1 to win the series 4-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 19: General view of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrating after defeating the Boston Red Sox in game seven of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on October 19, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 3-1 to win the series 4-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) /
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ST PETERSBURG, FL – OCTOBER 19: General view of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrating after defeating the Boston Red Sox in game seven of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on October 19, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 3-1 to win the series 4-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL – OCTOBER 19: General view of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrating after defeating the Boston Red Sox in game seven of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on October 19, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 3-1 to win the series 4-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) /

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…

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