Rays' improbable run rolls on into World Series

Originally Published: October 19, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For Rocco Baldelli, the American League pennant translates to more than glory, fulfillment or a wad of extra Christmas cash. The second-longest-tenured Tampa Bay Ray behind fellow outfielder Carl Crawford is safe to go home to Rhode Island, to a rabid corner of Red Sox Nation, and hit the mall this winter without seeking refuge behind dark glasses and a three-day growth.

Shortly after the Rays beat Boston 3-1 in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series ...

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