Seasons change in a matter of minutes

Rays rise as Red Sox fall, all in a dizzying stretch of baseball few will ever forget

Originally Published: September 29, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For the way the 2011 regular season ended Wednesday night, maybe the electricity and the surprise and chills and despair and surrealism would have been identical had the Tampa Bay Rays advanced to their second straight postseason by beating any opponent.

After all, the Rays spent much of the night in the worst state of psychosis, trying to process how their season could end without a fight, so flatly, being shut out at home on only two hits through seven innings. ...

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