"We celebrated in here, I know that," Longoria said. "... That whole week-and-a-half, two-week period was a whirlwind experience. But I do remember celebrating in here."
The Rays had bowed out against the Rangers in their two previous postseason meetings, which made the win even sweater.
"I remember jumping in David's arms and celebrating," Jeremy Hellickson said. "Just a good time. We've played these guys a lot in the playoffs and for us and David to finally do that last year was very special. I just remember the whole celebration. It was a lot of fun."
The visiting clubhouse now has new carpeting, chairs and even a foosball table in the middle of the clubhouse.
"I think they had to remodel," Longoria said.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.