For the 2008 baseball season, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball team changed the team name to TAMPA BAY RAYS – see my July 6 blog post
In Major League Baseball, you can’t get any higher achievement or honor than that!
FYI: Tampa Bay is a city on the western coast of the U.S. state of Florida, and the Devil Ray is a type of ray.
Before continuing, I’d ask those of you who live in another country and/or you are not a baseball fan to please bear with me. The content here is baseball, but the CONTEXT is about our word choice — the words that we speak and write are vitally important. The words we use can improve or ruin our lives — my article “Awareness and Communication” elaborates on this principle, which some consider one of the Laws of the Universe.
OK, so let’s look at the history, the statistics, of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays:
* 10 losing seasons;
* 9 last-place finishes in their division;
* never finished closer than 18 games out of first in their division;
* lost 96 games last year, worst in the MLB…..
….a year later they dropped the word Devil and now they’re playing for a chance to go to the World Series.
Even if they don’t make it, what they’ve already attained is clearly remarkable!
The Devil’s Advocates – pun intended – will surely say the Rays could have accomplished all this anyway, with or without the name change.
I would not argue with that. Of course that is possible.
All I am saying is that the TAMPA BAY RAYS have an excellent chance to get into the World Series this year, and at the very least, it’s an INTERESTING COINCIDENCE!