Just over a month ago, the Rays were 1-8 and averaging just over 2 runs per game when it was announced that Manny Ramirez had abruptly retired rather than face a 100 game suspension for a second failed PED test. The baseball pundits figured that it was only a matter of time before the Rays waved the white flag on the 2011 season.
Since then, they've gone 22-9 and now find themselves sitting atop the AL East.
Today, the Yankees are in the midst of a skid of their own, just 3-9 in their past 12 games. As if the Jorge Posada drama wasn't bad enough, Derek Jeter still hasn't started hitting, A-Rod started and then stopped hitting, and Nick Swisher has apparantly forgotten which end of the bat you're supposed to hold.
Thankfully, baseball is a long season. Before you panic, remember where the Rays were on April 10th.