Monday, October 20, 2008

Timely Headline

Last night the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox for the right to represent the American League in the 2008 World Series. The year has truly been a cinderella story for the Rays who have risen from the depths of their division (arguably the toughest in all of sports) despite having the second lowest payroll in baseball (Yankees $210 million / Rays $43 million). It's truly a 'David vs. Goliath' story.

Needless to say, the headlines of every major paper in the Tampa Bay Area this morning were devoted almost entirely to the Rays except for one - the Sarasota Herald Tribune - who had the forsight to also run a feature article about Fast Pitch! alongside a picture of the Rays flame throwing (fast pitcher) rookie closer David Price.

The parallels between the story of the Rays and Fast Pitch! are eerily similar. Both can be described as scrappy, resourceful, underdogs with unorthodox managers who face longshot odds in markets dominated by goliaths (i.e. Red Sox = LinkedIn). The story of the Rays gives hope to every team (or company) fighting an uphill battle against unlimited resources.

Whether the Herald timed the Fast Pitch! article to coincide with the Rays historical win is anyone's guess. One thing is for sure. The added exposure we're receiving in the Bay Area as everyone grabs up a copy of the historical newspaper is a home run!

Nice job guys. Go Rays.

Read The Article

Good Luck!



Blogger Dr. Richard M. Swier, LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.) said...

You go Bill. Great work at Fast Pitch. Much success in 2009.

6:59 AM  

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