ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon remembers how it used to be between the Red Sox and the Rays.
“I think I read it at some point, and I do read once in a while, that we were a punching bag for a while,” he said.
He remembers when the Rays finally stood up to their American League East bullies, the brawl in the summer of 2008 and the rematch in that year’s American League Championship Series when the Rays finally pushed back.
“Eventually we stopped being their punching bag, or the Yankees’ punching bag,” he said.
It was a turning point for a franchise that had spent a decade’s worth of summers getting picked on by its division rivals. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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