Hot off the presses from ESPN:
"It's easier [for Tampa] to get to where they're at right now, and harder to stay there, 'cause now they gotta look back, 'Oh man, we're in front of the Red Sox, we're in front of the Yankees.' "
Well said, Fernando, and it's clear the Rays are already buckling under the weight of first place and the expectations it carries.
What's that? Tampa is 5-0 since they took over the AL East lead? Three of those wins were over the Nation of Intimidation? Well, I'll be.
You can't blame the Red Sox for choking, though; they're not used to being behind Tampa in the standings, and the pressure of trailing the Rays has already sunk the Yankees and Blue Jays.