Rays 5, Red Sox 4: Given what all of us out here in opinionland have said about the Rays' recent struggles, no one would have been at all surprised if they had taken Boston's eighth inning rally off of Dan Wheeler as an invitation to lie down, play dead, and relinquish first place. They didn't though. They fought back, knocking Papelbon around in the ninth and serving notice that they will not simply be making way for the Red Sox' putatively inevitable march to the division crown.
I, for one, am inspired by the Rays' resilience. Why? Because it's been a tough couple of weeks for me lately. My wife is sick with some nasty cold that could only have been hatched in a preschool. My legal workload is bordering on the intolerable. I have a book review due, um, yesterday. Because of all of these things, I'm locked in a losing battle with a sleep deficit of monumental proportions.
As a result of all of this, unfortunately, there won't be any And That Happened this morning. I realize that it seems like I've had to say that way too many times in the past couple of weeks, but that's the state of the world at the moment. But though my refreshing and exciting Rays-like upstart blogging life has been losing ground of late to the Sox-like monolithic inevitability of my work and personal responsibilities, I will do my best to emulate Dan Johnson and keep hacking no matter how dire the situation seems.
ShysterBall will be back updating later today and will be back with piping hot recaps Thursday morning.