St. Petersberg is not buzzing for Game 5 of the ALDS tonight at Tropicana Field.
It will be a sellout, but I have no sense of Rays Fever when I was out and about in St. Petersberg yesterday. Unlike the Metroplex, where I see Rangers hats, T-shirts and a sense of pride in the baseball team.
I spoke with Tampa attorney Sean Cox who told me, "Two years ago it was crazy, you couldn't get near this place, but now it's not that big a deal."
The Tampa Rays won the American League in 2008 and ended up losing to Philadelphia in the World Series, so maybe there is a sense of been there, done that.
That certainly not the case for the Texas Rangers and the fans who follow the club. Tonight's contest will either result in the biggest win in franchise history or it will be the worst loss in Rangers lore. After being up 2-0, the Rays have come back to tie the series and now we have game five.
The road team has won every game in this ALDS. Cliff Lee will pitch for Texas. He beat Game 5 starter David Price in Game 1.
Lee is the ace of the staff and the Rangers players believe he is the biggest reason why they will win and advance to the American League Championship Series for the first time in club history on Tuesday night.
The ALCS starts Friday.