After the third perfect game in four years was thrown against my hometown Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday -- this perfecto by Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Sushis -- I posted a snarky Spectacle item suggesting MLB disallow celebrating after perfectos against the Rays as the team’s hitting is so weak. Rays runs this season have been nearly as rare as coherent statements from Joe Biden. At least until Thursday.
Who knew Rays hitters would take this heart-felt if hastily composed lament so seriously? After it appeared, all Rays hitters have done is sweep the California Angels in a four-game series in Lalaland and score 37 runs while doing so, a franchise scoring record for a four-game set.
I like to think the Spectacle item was pinned over the whirlpool in the Rays clubhouse as a source of inspiration and resolve. This comes as a reminder of the power for good that Spectacle contributors can wield. (Angels fans may see it differently.)