Considering that he had swatted six home runs in the first two playoff series, and that he had hit 27 home runs and collected 85 RBIs in 448 regular-season at-bats, his World Series showing was a huge disappointment.
"I can't be ashamed of my performance," Longoria said in a subdued Rays locker room after the game. "I kept swinging the bat and didn't get the results."
Longoria vowed that he won't let the World Series ruin what was otherwise a spectacular year, one that included an appearance in the All-Star Game.
"I'm not going to go home in the off-season and sulk about it, what I did or didn't do," he said. "I left it all out on the field."
Praising the champs
Rays manager Joe Maddon had nothing but praise for the Phillies. During his postgame news conference, he congratulated the new World Series champions.
"I really like the way they play," Maddon said. "They play hardball the right way. They do things properly and right. . . . It's truly a wonderful team and deserving to win the World Series."
Baldelli goes yard
One of the most inspirational stories this postseason continued when Rays rightfielder Rocco Baldelli tied the score with a home run in the seventh inning.
It was Baldelli's first World Series hit and his second postseason homer. He also hit one in the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Baldelli missed more than four months this season due to mitochondrial disorder, a metabolic condition that causes muscle fatigue. It forced him to spend the first 116 games on the disabled list.
The home run provided a bittersweet moment for Baldelli.
"It was nice at the time in that situation, but, obviously, like everyone else in this room, you would trade every hit you got to be on the other side right now," Baldelli said.
Where's the power?
The Rays set an American League postseason record with 26 home runs in 16 games. The old mark was 24, set by the Anaheim Angels in 2002.
Yet during the World Series, Tampa Bay's power wasn't often on display.
The Rays hit four home runs against the Phillies. In contrast, the Phillies clubbed nine homers against the Rays.
Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.