The Rays won last night as they needed to do and are now even going to Philadelphia. Some people are concerned that the Rays won't be able to put up with the pressure that the Philadelphia fan base can put on a visiting team, but I don't buy it. The Rays have spent plenty of time playing in New York and Boston, which have a very charged, belligerent fan base fueled by rage and alcohol. I suspect Philadelphia is fairly similar. The only people I'm worried for are the unsuspecting Tampa fans who make their way up to Philadelphia for the game. Tampa Bay fans are largely new fans, and by new I mean people who started rooting for the Rays over the last couple weeks. Philly fans are typically life long Philly fans. I hope they don't eat the Rays fans alive. Literally. Philadelphia has been known for canibalism in the ball park. Just ask some of the Mets fans that showed up there throughout the season, or rather ask their families because they themselves were eaten. But that's how Philadelphia gets down.
By the way, have you guys ever noticed at Tampa games there's one guy who heckles throughout the entire game. You can't understand a word he says, but he's always there throughout the season, and when the Rays were at game 7 against the Red Sox, he was there too. The notorious heckler is a real Rays fan. I found this article about him written in 2003, and he even has a wikipedia entry devoted to him. I noticed him years ago when the stadium would be empty and all you would hear is him heckling every visiting player. I salute this one true Tampa Bay Rays fan. There may be others out there who have been supporting this team for a while, but none are as vocal as this guy. If Tampa Bay wins, they need to give that guy a ring too. He deserves it for sticking with this team all these years.
Speaking of the Rays, don't ask me why but I still remember when they started cowbell night in their park. I thought it was a good idea because all the Rays fans, which numbered in the hundreds at that point, could make quite a bit of noise with those things. They banged away all night. I don't recall if they won or not, but its now a mainstay at the stadium. Apparently, the SNL cowbell skit is what inspired it. I suspected that was the case, but it makes it that much better to know its true.