It's a bummer, there's no doubt about it, but they played great ball, and they can hold their heads high. Somewhere during game 5, when the Rays fans were watching their "sure thing" slip away, I saw on their defeated faces a look that was all too familiar. (When you grow up a Sox fan --prior to 2004-- you are intimately acquainted with last-minute defeat) But somehow, that crushing game caused Tampa Bay to find reserves they didn't know they had, and they managed to squeak by the Red Sox in the 7th game of a great series.
So, Rays fans, have your day and enjoy it. You earned it. It was great baseball, but someone had to play better and to win. And this year, that was you. For those of us in Massachusetts... there's always next year!