Tampa Bay Rays ace left-hander Blake Snell won the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, becoming the second pitcher in franchise history to take home that hardware (David Price won it in 2012).
Check out how his teammates, his minor league teams and the Tampa sports community reacted to his victory.
His teammates were vocal in their support:
Congrats brother! @snellzilla4 Man was lights out all year!
— C.J. Cron (@CCron24) November 15, 2018
— Ryne Stanek (@rstanek_55) November 15, 2018
— Kevin Kiermaier (@KKiermaier39) November 15, 2018
— Daniel Robertson (@D_Robertson28) November 15, 2018
— Joey Wendle (@JoeyWendle) November 14, 2018
— Tyler Glasnow (@TGlasnow) November 14, 2018
Huge shout out to @snellzilla4 on bringing home the cy young! Many more to come!!
— Brandon Lowe (@Sweet_n_Lowe5) November 14, 2018
— Tommy Pham (@TphamLV) November 14, 2018
One of his fellow Cy Young finalists was keeping things light:
I walk away for TWO SECONDS and she puts quotes on “joking”. 😂😂 https://t.co/7w3hIykZtm
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) November 15, 2018
Some of Snell’s stops on his path to greatness chimed in:
— Durham Bulls (@DurhamBulls) November 14, 2018
— Charlotte StoneCrabs (@StoneCrabs) November 15, 2018
Never a doubt, #CyZilla
Congrats to former Biscuit, Blake Snell, on the 2018 AL Cy Young Award! pic.twitter.com/KPFAH8bJqj
— Montgomery Biscuits (@BiscuitBaseball) November 14, 2018
And what celebration is complete without a nice little throwback?
The little guy in this picture just won the AL CY Young award. Congratulations Blake. pic.twitter.com/1Lbr7EUHoi
— Jeff Nelson (@NYnellie43) November 15, 2018
Snell’s got the whole city behind him:
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) November 15, 2018
— Tampa Bay Rowdies (@TampaBayRowdies) November 14, 2018
And the man of the hour was gracious and thoughtful in victory:
Man this is crazy, hard to put into words! But just wanted to say thank you to all the people who supported me the love is felt! This is just the beginning and I’m so thankful for you… https://t.co/DvOe3E355j
— Blake Snell (@snellzilla4) November 14, 2018
Source: Fox Sports