I can think of no better way to celebrate Boof Bonser's birthday than watching his hometown team kick the crap out of the Red Sox.
And just like that, the Rays are just 5 more wins away from becoming "Your World Champion Tampa Bay Rays." Say it out-loud. Trust me. Do it. It's fun. It's even more fun if you really try to say it like a baseball announcer.
I work with a set of twins, (whom everyone refers to as "The Twins" which confuses me in conversations at least once a day) and they used to live in St. Petersburg, FL. They're not really into baseball, but they are cognizant enough of my obsession that recently they snagged a Sun Country Airlines magazine from their flight to Las Vegas for me because it had Joe Mauer on the cover. Anyway....the other day one of them (it's hard to say which one because of the identical twins thing) was looking at news headlines online and said "Wait a second....are the Rays good now?!"
I explained that yes, through a magical metamorphisis (and a smart off-season trade with the Greatest and Best Looking Baseball Team in the Universe) the Rays are actually awesome this year. They were astounded, and explained "they were crap when we lived there."
I like it better this way.