Now that the Rays have clinched the a spot in the playoffs, who isn’t hoping that Rays start off with the White Sox in the ALDS? Personally, I’d like to delay a matchup against the Red Sox or Angels until the ALCS.
And, this gives us an opportunity to remind Toby Hall of some of the things he said about the Rays after his departure. Dusting off on old Marc Topkin article from the St. Petersburg Times, I was reminded of these memorable quotes.
“You’re striving to get where we are at here, but there is no shot at it – ever. What’s so tough is that you’re going day in and day out and you’re dealing with, ‘You’re not going to win, you’re not going to win the division, you’re not going to do any of that.’…”
But, good ‘ol Toby wasn’t done yet. He went on to say…
“I’ve been there so long, I live there, you try to root for them. You try to root for a turnaround. You root for the fans, you root for the people that live there, so they can at least like baseball there. But it’s sad to see that it’s the same, if not getting worse.”
This was from an article dated October 6, 2006. Less than two years ago. http://www.sptimes.com/2006/10/05/Rays/Ex_Rays_revel_in_winn.shtml
What Toby Hall was having a tough time coming to grips with was the fact that he should have been a career backup catcher, at best. The Rays gave him the opportunity to be a starter. After his trade to the Dodgers, he quickly learned his place in the big leagues. And, he again started whining about playing time. He didn’t want to stick with the Dodgers if he couldn’t be the starter. So, he went on to the White Sox…where he’s played 80 games in the past two years. Nice job, Toby. Hopefully we’ll see you next week. Only if we look inside the dugout, of course.