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Penant Traces

Rocco Baldelli

Often sidelined but never beaten, Rocco Baldelli has battled back from the brink of retirement to play a key role in the Rays' historic run.
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Grant Balfour

From Australia to Tampa Bay, fiery Rays setup man Grant Balfour has made an improbable journey to the 2008 postseason.
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Jason Bartlett

Though he was never a highly touted prospect, Jason Bartlett has worked his way into an indispensable role with the Rays.
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Chad Bradford

Rays reliever Chad Bradford's unorthodox submarine delivery is fitting for a player whose journey to the Majors was anything but typical.
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Carl Crawford

The Rays' longest-tenured player is a symbol of perseverance in the Hollywood-style story of the ballclub's ascension.
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Matt Garza

The pressure of an ALCS Game 7 start would overwhelm many pitchers, but not 24-year-old Rays righty Matt Garza.
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J.P. Howell

J.P. Howell isn't known for overpowering stuff, but he's made a name for himself as a key member of the Rays bullpen.
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Akinori Iwamura

Anything but the typical blue-collar tale, Akinori Iwamura's story is one of great distances traveled and greater blessings appreciated.
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Scott Kazmir

From an early age, Tampa Bay left-hander Scott Kazmir clearly had the stuff to follow in the footsteps of other Texan fireballers.
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Evan Longoria

Five years ago, no D-I college baseball program wanted Evan Longoria; today, he is one of baseball's brightest young stars.
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Joe Maddon

While his fame grows with each passing day, Joe Maddon stayed true to his blue-collar roots on his way to the 2008 World Series.
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Dioner Navarro

With pain comes perspective for Rays All-Star catcher Dioner Navarro, who draws strength from his family of survivors.
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Carlos Pena

While Carlos Pena has made a name for himself with the Rays, he appreciates the dominant dynamics of baseball in the Northeast.
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Fernando Perez

Most big leaguers appear destined for athletic glory at an early age, but Fernando Perez also showed plenty of academic promise as a youth.
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David Price

The first overall pick in the 2007 Draft, the Rays' David Price has always had the ability to excel on baseball's biggest stage.
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James Shields

"Big Game James" Shields learned to rise to the occasion with an assist from his cousin, Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand.
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Paul C. Smith

Former MLB.com Rays beat writer Paul Smith was surely smiling down on the 2008 World Series from baseball heaven.
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Andy Sonnanstine

Andy Sonnanstine is a key member of the Rays rotation, but the people of his hometown feel he is ideally suited for an even bigger role.
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Stuart Sternberg

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has helped turn a young underdog franchise into one of Major League Baseball's top forces.
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B.J. Upton

Following the footsteps of his atheltic father, "Bossman Junior" Upton lived up to his name during the 2008 postseason.
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Dan Wheeler

One of several Rhode Islanders who participated in the 2008 postseason, Dan Wheeler played a big role in Tampa Bay's pennant run.
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Don Zimmer

The Rays' Don Zimmer has seen it all as a player, a manager, a coach and an advisor during his 60 years in professional baseball.
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Fighting Cancer

Like millions around the world, several members of the Rays have been affected by the struggles and heartaches of cancer.
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Tampa Bay Rays

The American League champs emerged as lovable underdogs in 2008, garnering support from many Major League players.
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Durham Traces

B.J. Upton and James Shields are only now drawing national attention, but they are familiar faces to the fans of the Rays' Triple-A club.
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Hudson Valley Traces

Rookie third baseman Evan Longoria is one of the many talented Rays who wowed the fans during his stop at Class A Hudson Valley.
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Montgomery Traces

Although the Biscuits haven't been around for long, the Double-A team has created a groundswell of Rays fandom in Alabama.
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