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Thursday, October 16, 2:10 PM PST

Tampa Bay Devil Rays Feel Chicago Cubs' Pain

by Brent the Johnson,
NA!P NewsWire

TAMPA BAY, FLA. -- It's a day of silent reflection here in this Florida city as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays empathize with their fellow losers, the Chicago Cubs, who lost their bid to become the National League representative in the World Series last night.

"It's hurting them a lot right now," Manager Lou Pinella said, shaking his head sadly. "Believe me, we know -- just look at our history."

"Poor bastards," he added, staring off into space.

The Cubs haven't been to the World Series since 1945 and haven't won one since 1908.

Still, the percentages show that they have nothing on the Devil Rays, who have never made it to the playoffs in their six-year history.

Long suffering Devil Ray fans have gathered at candlelight vigils throughout Tampa Bay to show support for Chicago and to discuss their team's inability to extend their season into October.

"Dude, the season's usually over for the D-Rays in May," said Joshua Nicols, frowning. But then he smiled.

"Hey man, that's just the life of a Ray's fan, you know what I'm saying?"

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