ALCS Celebration Blog………….American League Champions 2008
As you already know, this will be a blog in the works all night long as I get more and more photos sent to me of the celebration after the Rays win their First American League Championship over the former World Champions, the Boston Red Sox.
So please be patient as I get more and more great photos in the blog tonight. I have a associate with the media who sends me some locker room photos, so I will get those up as soon as they hit my computer.
You knew Mr . Emotion, Jonny Gomes would be at the top of that dogpile. It might have taken a few extra days, but you know they wanted to enjoy this with the home fans too.
I bet to Jonny, this is better than a “E” ticket ride at Disney, or the last 2 celebrations. By now these guys are getting to be old hats at celebrating the good stuff. Congrats to everyone on the Rays and to the entire organization. I will be phoning a lot of you tomorrow about the great night, and the great future for this team……………Go Rays !!!!!!
How about David Price, still a rookie and he just put some hurting on the Red Sox to get his team to a date with the Philadelphia Philles for the World title. I bet this is better than anything that happened to him at Vanderbilt University.
I think we can safely say that Dioner Navarro does not want to let loose of David Price, because the team was bearing down on them when this photo was taken. Just remember to breathe before the pile gets on you guys.
Go ahead David, yell loud and proud. This entire team deserves this. They are some of the best individuals I have ever met………….and to think, I have a team photo now with the AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS on my wall.
When Stu Sternberg bought this team he said he was going to change the dynamics of this team from losing to winning. I do not even think he thought it would turn around so fast for this franchise.
If this guy is not the Manager of the Year award winner, we should just pack that award away and never give it out to anyone this year. As a “Maddon’s Maniac”, Joe you are a true inspiration to this community and a thrill to hear talk about baseball………….You derserve every moment of this.
I hear hear Joe now, ” Um, Stu, You think we can re-adjust my contract now” just kidding guys. We have until Wed before we have to worry about anything right now. Celebrate with everyone gentlemen. Tampa Bay is open for you right now.
What can you say about this guy tonight. He only went 2-0 in the ALCS, with a 1.38 ERA, and he got 14 strikeouts. Can you say American Leagues Championship Series Most Valuable Player………….Matt Garza.
You deserve it Matt. You toppled the World Champions twice in a week, and you also got to celebrate at home.
Gabe Gross getting some cold bubbly from Rays starter Scott Kazmir in his infamous beer goggles.
Scott Kazmir getting a direct hit on Rays center fielder B J Upton in the celebration in the Rays clubhouse following the on-field celebration.
Akinora Iwamura doing his home celebration his own way by coming out and celebrating with the Fans in the Trop. that is why he is a fan favorite.
Akinora Iwamura again up on the dugout thanking the fans that are still here and helping the team celebrate their American League title.
Rays Manager, Joe Maddon visiting with his old bass, former Los Angeles Angels owner Jackie Autry, the widow of the singing cowboy Gene Autry before giving the team the American League Championship trophy on the field.
Rays First Base Coach, George Hendricks, who got to celebrate like this with the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals as a player, with Rays starter, James Shields getting the cold shower.
B J Upton has the goggles in the down position and taking on hostile champagne in the clubhouse. you know that cork is going to leave a mark BJ?