Tampa Bay Rays sweep New York Yankees: Winning Rays bring back days of diapers and Star Trek

7:28 AM, Apr 9, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- What an Opening Weekend! The Tampa Bay Rays have won their first three games. And -- even better -- they swept the New York Yankees to do it.

It's been dramatic and a lot of fun to watch.

And it's powerful enough to take us back in time to 1966.

That's when the first episode of Star Trek aired on TV. It's when the first disposable diaper came out. And it's the last time both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox started their season with three straight losses.

Since those two teams compete with the Rays for playoff spots, those losses are a very good thing for us here in Tampa Bay.

And, of course, it's extra sweet since the Rays are the ones who gave the Yankees those three losses.

In Friday's Opening Day game, Carlos Pena launched a grand slam in his first at-bat since rejoining the team this season.

Then after some more big swings by Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist, Pena hit a game-winning single to drive in a run. 

Then on Saturday and Sunday, outstanding pitching, combined with solid play on defense, and some timely hits.

Three games, three wins, and by Sunday evening, the Rays were reigning as current kings of the American League East.

If you think we fans are loving it, know that the guys on the field are loving it, too.

"I felt like I was gonna explode," Pena said after his walk-off hit that won Friday's game. "I felt like a kid out there."

Now, just because the good guys are 3-0 and the bad guys are 0-3, it doesn't mean it's time to put down the bats and pick up a cold one.

There's a lot of baseball left to play.

If this were the Buccaneers, we'd already be almost a quarter of the way through the season.

Instead, the Rays aren't even one-fiftieth of the way through their 162 games.

The only other time the Rays went 3-0 to start the season was back in the Devil Rays days: 2002. They went on to lose 106 games. Yikes.

And, of course, last year, the Rays lost their first six games and went on to make the playoffs.

So what's the message? The Rays just have to keep playing like they did this weekend if they want to live long and prosper.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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