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Video, Twitter Reaction for Tampa Bay Rays Celebrating Trip to the ALDS

Ely SussmanCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2013

With great pitching and some Joe Maddon magic, the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, 4-0, in the American League Wild Card Game to advance to the ALDS.

Reaction from fans, analysts and the players themselves immediately began flooding Twitter feeds.

Eccentric closer Fernando Rodney was on the mound to nail down the victory. His strikeout of Lonnie Chisenhall ignited the celebration:

I love when Rodney shoots the arrow

— Austin Tolle ⚾ (@ATolle4) October 3, 2013

WEARING MY CAP LIKE RODNEY DOING THE BOW AND ARROW RAYS ADVANCE!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/4u4BS6T798

— Jill NYRANGERSLANDER (@PelfreyProblems) October 3, 2013

Understandably, the official account of the Rays was excited about the team continuing their 2013 season:

THE RAYS ARE GOING TO THE ALDS! #SeeYouInBoston pic.twitter.com/FdpPdqsh7u

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 3, 2013

Tampa Bay previously stared elimination in the face on Sunday and Monday. Evidently, those other dramatic experiences didn't exhaust this team, whose members couldn't keep still after recording the 27th out, as noted by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:

#Rays celebrating in a group near the mound. Maddon and coaches sharing hugs along base line

— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 3, 2013

Courtesy of MLB.com
Courtesy of MLB.com

That wasn't the end of it, of course. Topkin shows us that the victors brought their party into the visitors' clubhouse:

#Rays have the party going on pic.twitter.com/t7MXMe4bcO

— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 3, 2013

#TampaBay RT "#Rays Champagne and silly string. That's how we roll: pic.twitter.com/0jxzQFDLYb" #SportsRoadhouse

— TampaBaySRH (@TampaBaySRH) October 3, 2013

Silly string is such a Tampa Bay Rays thing.

— Andrew Owens (@BGI_AndrewOwens) October 3, 2013

TampaBay celebrates their WildCard win with silly string. That's awesome! #mlbplayoffs

— Eddie Segarra (@ESegarra86) October 3, 2013

The #Rays spent more money on silly string and champagne then they did for Delmon Young. #ALDS #ALWildCard

— JohnnyB (@JohnnyBcomedy) October 3, 2013

Right-hander Alex Cobb received special treatment from his Tampa Bay teammates. His 6.2 shutout innings pitched didn't go unnoticed.

Here is the soon-to-be 26-year-old getting drenched with extra refreshments.

h/t Cork Gaines
h/t Cork Gaines

Looks like these guys thoroughly enjoyed themselves, but sadly, it appears that Chewbacca wasn't involved in the shenanigans. There was a sighting at Rangers Ballpark on Monday (h/t SB Nation).

The next challenge for the Rays will be a best-of-five series against the Boston Red Sox, a juggernaut who led the American League in regular-season wins and went 12-7 against them this year.

However, if the players are half as confident as the fanbase, expect an upset:

Great win for the Rays tonight, look out Boston, here they come, ready to win

— James Ealy (@JamesEaly) October 3, 2013

Rays on their way to destroy boston!

— Dan Price (@upsideofdown12) October 3, 2013

Pretty excited for rays vs Red Sox!! Let's go rays!! @RaysBaseball

— justin grani (@JustinGrani) October 3, 2013

#Rays, are hungry. Beware, Boston

— Rebecca (@RebeccaPeta) October 3, 2013

That ALDS matchup kicks off on Friday at 3:07 p.m. ET. TBS will have the coverage, as well as that for other games throughout the MLB postseason.

 

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