Rays-ing the Bar on AL East Sibling Rivalry

For those who are fortunate enough to have younger siblings, do you remember what it was like when you were younger and able to easily overpower your brother or sister?

When you could easily out-muscle them into doing all your chores simply by giving them a Purple Nurple, Noogie or Wet Willy?

Now imagine if that brother or sister you tortured for so many years grew up to be bigger, stronger, and faster than you. And they didn’t forget about those Purple Nurples either.


If the American League East were a family, the Tampa Bay Rays would be that ugly duckling youngest sibling who desperately sought attention as a child, only to grow up and outperform all their brothers and sisters and become the family favourite.

The Toronto Blue Jays on the other hand would be the middle child who won back to back Spelling Bee’s when they were younger, but ever since then have had trouble finding that magic once again.

Starting this evening, it will be a battle between the middle and youngest children of the American League East: the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Sibling rivalry is about to be taken to a whole new level.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

9 thoughts on “Rays-ing the Bar on AL East Sibling Rivalry

  • May 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Personally, I'm hoping for an atomic wedgie (3 game sweep) and will accept nothing less!

  • May 31, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Or the dreaded Rear Admiral!

  • May 31, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I'll take 2 out of 3 and be thrilled…

  • May 31, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I'll be watching this series with great interest as it impacts greatly on AL pennant race. No wild card safety net!

    Good luck!

  • May 31, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    sadp, I had to Google the Dreaded Rear Admiral to refresh my memory on what it was. To this day, I still don't know exactly what a Rear Admiral is, but I certainly don't ever want to find out first hand.

    Mattt, I'd also be extremely happy with 2 out of 3 against the Rays and even 4 or 5 wins in total against the Rays/Yankees combined in this upcoming set.

    Clifford, exactly – go big, or go home. I don't even look at the Wild Card Standings right now because it's pointless. All or nothing, baby!

  • June 1, 2010 at 4:17 am

    First off – How come no one has given you props for the excellent modification of the Family Guy image at the top of this entry? Shame!

    And second, I think the Rays are cooling down a bit now, as evidenced by the Sox sweeping them last week. I think there is a good chance they lose the series against the Jays, and as of right now, because of injuries and inconsistencies on the part of the Sox and Yankees, I view it as a four-team race.

  • June 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks Steve, it was a late addition after the fact.

    The Rays are not invincible by any means, and as tough as the AL East is right now, there could be weekly lead changes. Everyone except for the Orioles seem to be hitting their strides, so this month will really go a long way to seeing how things shake down before the All-Star break.

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