It all started out so innocently. Locked in a futile battle with the anointed Team of Destiny from Baltimore, the Tampa Bay Rays fought for their playoff lives. The Rays needed this game, they wanted this game, to avoid falling even farther behind in the AL East and Wild Card standings.
In the ninth inning of a tie game, the Rays started a tiny rally. After the first two batters of the inning were retired, first baseman Carlos Pena (who entered the game in the 8th for defensive purposes) doubled to right field. A runner in scoring position! Joe Maddon saw his chance and out came the alto sax for an impromptu session of free-flowing jazz.