ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Rays are holding their pre-World Series workout at Tropicana Field, with the Phillies scheduled for later this afternoon. Looks like Scott Kazmir is Tampa Bay's Game One starter, although that announcement won't be official until Joe Maddon meets the media at 2:30.
The Rays' clubhouse was a sea of media for an hour this afternoon. I was struck by the professorial thoughts of veteran outfielder Cliff Floyd, who perfectly put together the main theme the national and international media is pursuing about these upstarts today.
"In baseball, you don't grow up overnight," Floyd said. "You just don't do it. It takes time. These guys have done it. It's amazing."
Sure is. Look for my story on the rise of the Rays in Wednesday's paper. And we'll have plenty more on the blog after the Phillies start talking soon.