Rays manager Joe Maddon has never been a proponent of making any one game more important than another, so he was asked what he thought about Upton's comments.
"I like our players to express their opinions, always," Maddon said. "For me, every game's a must game. There aren't any 'Let's just mail this one in' games. For me, I think we learned that lesson last year. Regardless of how dire a moment may seem or how great a moment may seem, just keep playing."