As Thanksgiving approaches, let’s take a look at all of the things that fans of the Tampa Bay Rays can be thankful for this year.
After their second consecutive 90 win season, fans of the Tampa Bay Rays have plenty to be thankful for this year. When you combine arguably the best farm system in baseball with one of the best managers in baseball and an exciting young core to follow for years to come, the possibilities are endless.
We have our first playoff berth in six years to be thankful for. We have a front office that is among the most innovative in the league. We have Ji-Man Choi’s dance moves and Willy Adames’ energy to get us through the grind of a 162 games.
We should be thankful for fans veterans like Tommy Pham and Charlie Morton who are guiding this group of young talent into the next chapter of Rays baseball. And while we may have our eyes on the next chapter, the future of Rays baseball, we also have a not-so-distant and successful past to be proud of and thankful for as well.
We have former Rays and Devil Rays players who paved the way for a young fan base. Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, Carlos Pena, James Shields, and David Price all gave Rays fans something to truly cheer about for the first time.
As you can see, Rays fans have a ton to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, so let’s touch on a few things to mention when people ask you what you are thankful for.