The club overcame an abundance of obstacles in 2019, and concluded their trek by doing what virtually no baseball pundit across the country predicted: take the world-beating Houston Astros to five games in the ALDS. And let's be honest, if any pitcher other than Gerrit Cole was on the mound, Tampa might have just upset the American League juggernauts in Thursday's win-or-go-home showdown.
One of the aforementioned hurdles was a pedestrian showing by their fan base at Tropicana Field (until the postseason, when things improved noticeably). Despite that fact, outfielder Kevin Kiermaier took the time to shout out the club's devotees in an refreshingly earnest tweet on Friday night.
This is what its all about, folks-- remaining humble and keeping it classy even after falling one game short of advancing to the ALCS.
Kiermaier asserts that the Rays will be back and better than ever come 2020, and we wholeheartedly believe that notion despite the team having the lowest payroll in baseball.
It was definitely a steep hole to crawl out of, and they came awfully close to reaching the surface all the same. Thanks for the memories, Tampa.