Rays better than originally thought 

October, 14, 2008
BOSTON -- Joe Maddon never whined about being in the jungle land with the New York and Boston money, or with Toronto's consistent strength. "I embraced it," he says, "because it forced us to deal with reality, forced us to have to play tough, forced us to make hard decisions, forced us to grow up fast."

So when Matt Garza dominated the Red Sox on Monday night at Fenway and the Rays hit four home runs to take a 2-1 lead in the ALCS, the point had been reached at which the novelty had worn off, where the Bad News Rays were no more. "We know what we have to do and just do it," said Evan Longoria, matter-of-factly.