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ESPN's Stark: Rays will be the 2014 World Champion's

ESPN's highly respected Jayson Stark has picked the Tampa Bay Rays as the 2014 World Series Champions. Here is what he had to say in his words.

OK, the envelope, please. And the winner of the 2014 World Series will be ...

The team with the third-lowest payroll in the major leagues. ...

A team that roared into the postseason last year andstill, somehow or other, managed to finish last in attendance in the major leagues. ...

The team with the scariest young rotation in the major leagues. ...

A team that all but wavedadioslast fall to its favorite Cy Young, and then rocked the house all spring after seeing him walk back in the clubhouse door in February. ...

The team that does the best job in the major leagues of fusing together the science of baseball and the humanity of baseball. ...

And, maybe most important, a team that apparently never got that crazy directive from the Baseball Jinx Police that says you should, never, ever, ever talk out loud about winning the World Series.

In other words, the winner of the 2014 World Series will be ... thoseTampa Bay Rays.

Heck, why not? It's about the only thing, after all, that the Rayshaven'tdone over the last six years.

They've won more games (550) since 2008, you know, than any team in the sport except the Yankees (who have won just 14 more, despite a slight $900-million spending gap between those two teams).MORE...

 



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