Dangerous Rays expect to win it all
Recent success has raised expectations for Tampa Bay
TAMPA, Fla. -- It's not supposed to be this way, you know.The Tampa Bay Rays are supposed to be the lovable underdogs. With their puny payroll -- relative to two particular intradivisional juggernauts -- they're supposed to take on the personality of the Little Ballclub That Could. They're not supposed to be ranked alongside the Yankees and Red Sox as potential favorites in the brutal American League East. And they're certainly not supposed to be talking about the World Series before the first proper pitch of the season has been thrown.
But the Rays, as we know well by now, are anything but conventional. So although their success in the past four years (three postseason appearances, two division titles and one World Series appearance, in 2008) is something of a feel-good fairy tale, internally they have come to expect such success.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, CastroTurf, and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.