Red Sox fans have a lot of time on their hands in October.
The regular season has only been over for nine days, and there's a long way to go before pitchers and catchers report in February, the first Grapefruit League game is held (Feb. 27) and Opening Day of the 2021 regular season commences (April 1).
With that in mind, and with the knowledge that just like politics, all fandom is local, here's a handy guide to the four Division Series ongoing, pointing out the Red Sox connections along the way, in an effort to help sharpen your rooting interest the rest of the way.
TAMPA BAY RAYS
Former Red Sox connections:
Manuel Margot: Margot was part of the trade which brought the Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel in November of 2015. It was the first major deal for then president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.
Kevin Cash: The Rays manager was a backup catcher with the Sox in two different stints (2007-2008; and again in 2010). He was a frequent cribbage partner of manager Terry Francona and was later hired as a coach by Francona in Cleveland before being hired by the Rays.
Kyle Snyder: Snyder, the Rays' pitching coach, pitched for the Sox from 2006-2008 as a swingman on their pitching staff. He gained some infamy one spring when Francona, reviewing the performance of a list of pitchers from that day's exhibition game, finished his evaluation with "...Snydes was Snydes.'' No one ever asked exactly what that meant.
Other historical footnotes: The Rays serves as current chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom's organization for the previous 15 seasons before he was hired last October...The Rays and Red Sox have met twice in the postseason: The Rays beat the Sox in an epic seven-game ALCS in 2008 and the Red Sox beat the Rays in four games in the ALDS in 2013.