The resurgent Devil Rays have not gone unnoticed in the national — even international –media. Among their accomplishments were a 12-game winning streak and a move up in the standings to third place — at the expense of the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Toronto press has been giving the Jays a hard time about being passed by the Rays and for flirting with last place in the American League’s East Division. In fact, a joke making the rounds of the Jays’ press box is a sarcastic reference to Rob Bradford’s new book, “Chasing Steinbrenner,” which offers an in-depth look at Toronto General Manager J.P. Ricciardi during the 2003 season. Toronto pundits have suggested that the book should be renamed “Chasing Naimoli.”