Formerly called the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
, The "Rays" were a disappointing Major League Baseball franchise until 2008, when manager Joe Maddon and his baseball team with many young players suprised the whole league by clinching a spot in the 2008 Playoffs. They were better than their popular division rivals Boston Red Sox
and New York Yankees
. The Rays are 2008 American League Champions.
However, the team is virtually unknown to the United States because their games are not usually shown on national television.