The Tampa Bay Rays appear to delight themselves on being somewhat bit totally different, and nothing demonstrated that greater than the very fact they waited 10 days to rejoice clinching their playoff berth, showering one another with champagne and cigar smoke following their 5-0 win towards the Boston Pink Sox on Wednesday night time.
The win itself clinched nothing.
Tampa Bay has been within the playoffs since Sept. 17 and has not likely had a lot to play for since then aside from securing the very best seed attainable.
Nonetheless, they determined to not rejoice on the night time they really clinched a playoff spot as a result of that recreation was a loss in Baltimore. The loss finally didn’t matter as a result of a Texas Rangers loss that night time put the Rays in.
They merely strategically waited to rejoice till they not solely gained but in addition had the subsequent day without work so they might actually let unfastened in celebration with out having to fret about coming again to play a recreation.
Wednesday in Boston was the right time.
Rays common supervisor Peter Bendix admitted it was a little weird to rejoice on Wednesday, however everyone gave the impression to be loving it.
“Once we clinched … in Baltimore — robust recreation to clinch on. Nevertheless it does not make it any much less particular proper now,” stated Bendix, who was drenched in champagne and beer within the clubhouse. “Each time you make the playoffs, it is a actually cool factor. And it could be the final time for anyone on this room,” he stated. “And so once you make the playoffs, that is an accomplishment that you simply rejoice. It is somewhat bizarre that we’re celebrating tonight however, in my view, it is the precise factor to do. And I believe the blokes are having a good time.”