The 2013 Rays baseball season came down to one final game Sunday, game 162.
Rays fans sporting their favorite Rays gear gathered at their so called "sanctuary," otherwise know as Fergs. They were there to cheer on their teams during a must win game.
"I know we have what it takes to get er' done," Rays fan Neal Coffey said.
"This is a big game, this is the biggest game of the year for our Rays," Gary Sirmons said. He's been a season ticket holder since 1998 so he has seen his share of exciting games.
Sunday's game seemed more like deja vu, bringing back memories of September 2011, Rays final game of the season. That's when Rays third baseman Evan Longoria hit a walk-off-homerun in extra innings. A homerun that sent them to the playoffs. "Somehow we don't always make it easy on ourselves, but it's nice when we pull it through," Neal said.
The Rays took to the field with their bats warmed up early, taking a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Such a big lead early in the game had fans excited, but that excitement turned to worry late in the eight. "My nerves are shot but I still have faith," Gary said.
The Blue Jays mounted a comeback coming within one run of tying it up. "They don't make it easy but it's baseball. You never know," Rays fan Kat Thinnes said.
The Rays and their fans didn't give up and kept believing. Leading them to a win in a nail-bitter of a game reminiscent of the finale two years ago.
The Rays will travel to Texas Monday night to face off against the Rangers in a one-game playoff game to determine who moves on.
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