Jewish Journal

MLB’s Rays credit wins to saying, ‘Get behind me, Satan’

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 10, 2008 | 2:00 am

Sorry for the absence. I’ll have you know my first Yom Kippur was pretty awesome, and I’ve written a first-person account of my exploits—OK, it’s not that sexy—for next week’s paper.

Unfortunately, the Day of Atonement was followed by the Dodgers choking in Philadelphia and giving up Game 1. They’ll have a chance to even the series tomorrow night before returning to Chavez Ravine, where I’ll see them go up, hopefully, 3 to 1 Monday.

Also playing tomorrow night are the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay


Rays—last year baseball’s worst squad and this year miraculously four wins from the World Series. There’s a divine factor that works into this story, similar to the Colorado Rockies’ run last fall. The Dallas Morning News religion blog draws attention to a phenomenon I thought of earlier this year but never made mention of and, therefore, deserve no credit for. It goes:

Well, last November, they officially changed their name.

They used to be the Devil Rays.

Once they threw off their Devil, good things started to happen.

Sorry, Rays. But everybody knows God is a Dodgers fan. Just ask Sandy Koufax.

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