So last night I went to Game 1 of the 2008 World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays are playing against the Philadelphia Phillies. This is the first time the Rays have been in it in franchise history. They've had an amazing season... and this is a team that has been baseball's doormat since 1998!
Time for the pics!
Waiting for the gates to open
Inside, they have a tank behind the outfield that has real rays in it you can feed and pet.
Look at all the media folk!
A closer look
FOX doing their pre-game report stuff
See, I was there!
Introducing the Rays!
Fire makes everything better!
The Backstreet Boys sang the National Anthem
The first pitch
This Phillies fan in my section was highly amusing. He wasn't too obnoxious and was actually a pretty good sport. He even took someone's Rays cowbell and was ringing it and cowered when a Rays fan beat him with their hat. And he danced... a lot.
Rays lost 3-2 but I had a lot of fun. It was my first World Series game. Hopefully the Rays will do better tonight in game 2. I'll be watching at the local Buffalo Wild Wings.
A cop took this pic for me.
Afterwards, security was hollering at this guy way up in the stands who was reading a book, that it was time to go. The guy seemed totally oblivious and the cop said, "Maybe it's Stephen King!" referring to when they showed him in the crowd at one of the ALCS games in Boston last week. The Red Sox were losing their butts off, so he was reading a book instead. Anyhow, that comment got a laugh out of me and I hi-fived the cop. LOL!