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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 – JUNE 20: Evan Longoria #3 talks with David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on June 20, 2014 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL – JUNE 20: Evan Longoria #3 talks with David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on June 20, 2014 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images) /

As kids, we all do it, we all look up to our favorite players, I just figured I would thank them. They set an example for the millions of kids that play the same sport. They also set an example for me on how to compete, how to win, how to play the game the right way, but most importantly how to have fun.

They created unforgettable memories throughout the years for me that I was able to share with my family, and for that I am also thankful. They were giants to me as a young diehard Rays fan. The older you get, you begin to see things a little differently, they may not be heroes or giants to me anymore at 18, but they still have impacted me.

David Price is still my favorite pitcher of all time. If he is pitching a nationally televised game, you bet I am glued to the TV screen. Evan Longoria was just special, he was a different breed. He is still my favorite Ray of all time. And Carl Crawford will forever be the player that first baseball player that stood out to me, he had it all.

Baseball has always been a big part of my life. It has taught me life lessons that other sports failed to teach me. It has allowed me to make memories with countless friends while playing it, and my family while watching it. Baseball is the greatest sport in the world, and Crawford, Longo, and Price were some of the best players that I got to see play with my own eyes.

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Finally, happy thanksgiving to all of you. Thank you so much for your continued readership and support of Rays Colored Glasses. I have only been writing here for a little over a month, but I have loved every second of it. Thank you again.

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