Sarah Palin Likes the Tampa Bay Rays

1223481562To us, fans of the Tampa Bay Rays are like unicorns or forthright politicians—they’re rumored to exist, but we’ve never seen them with our own eyes. But now that the Rays are in the ALCS for the first time ever, we’re starting to see some notables hop on the Tampa Bay bandwagon.

Like Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin.

“How about those Tampa Bay Rays?” Palin said in Jacksonville.

Since Palin ignored our plea to leave the baseball prognosticating to the professionals, let’s examine what about the Rays’ story appeals to her.

They’re both newcomers
Palin was elected to the Wasilla city council in 1992, six years before the Tampa Bay Devil Rays officially became a Major League Baseball franchise. They look especially young when compared to institutions like their competitors, Joe Biden and the Red Sox.

They’ve both exceeded low expectations
Most analysts expected the Rays to do well in 2008 after the team shored up its pitching staff in the off-season, but very few predicted that the Rays would win the AL East. Palin managed not to trip or say anything totally boneheaded during last week’s vice presidential debate, much to the chagrin of Tina Fey.

You can hunt Raymond, but leave Wally alone:
The Rays have a vaguely animal-inspired mascot, which probably appeals to the hunting enthusiast in Palin. Jerry Remy would go ballistic if anybody decided to go after his beloved Wally.

When in a swing state. . .
Palin mentioned the AL East champions during a campaign event in Florida. If she makes a stop in Pennsylvania later this week, we’re sure she’ll pull a Hillary Clinton and throw her support to the Phillies. Luckily for her, the Rays fan base is so old they probably won’t notice her flip-flop.

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  • ch

    Such an old issue but I feel obligated to add fact/reality to your Hillary Clinton dig:

    Hillary Clinton expressed her support of the NY Yankees in a Washington Post article in 1997 – three years BEFORE her run for the NY senate seat in 2000. She was also photographed in 1992 wearing a NY Yankees baseball cap.

    So there was no flip flop.

    Maybe you should focus on her ground breaking candidacy winning more votes than any presidential primary candidate in history and knocking 18 million cracks in the highest and hardest glass ceiling. Not to mention her flawless debate performances demonstrating a grasp of details not evident in the debate performances of Obama, McCain or Palin.

  • ojos

    Nice to see such a die-hard Christian politician rooting for the DEVIL rays just cause its a swing-state.