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Current uniforms[ edit ] The current Rays primary uniform has been used with little change since the team officially shortened its name from "Devil Rays" to "Rays" for the season. The home jersey is a traditional white with the name "Rays" in dark blue across the chest and a yellow "sunburst" on the letter "R".

Both feature dark blue piping and caps featuring a white "TB" logo. This alternate jersey is worn both at home and on the road with either white or gray pants. This second alternate is usually worn only for Sunday home games with white pants. Front of inaugural home jersey, road uniform, Rocco Baldelli running.

During their first three seasons, the Devil Rays wore traditional white home and gray road uniforms with the text "Devil Rays" home and "Tampa Bay" road in an unconventional multicolor "rainbow" across the chest.

The inaugural caps were also unusual: During the and seasons, the Devil Rays added an alternate black jersey featuring the same rainbow text as the white and gray uniforms. In , the Devil Rays dropped the multicolor text and de-emphasized purple in favor of more green. They also changed the font on their jersey tops and shortened the name on the home whites to read simply "Rays" while keeping "Tampa Bay" on the road grays. The primary home whites became a sleeveless jersey worn with green sleeved undershirts, and the primary home caps were changed from black to green.

In addition, a small ray with a long tail was added under the name "Rays" on the chest of the home jerseys. On these special occasions, Rays have worn the uniforms of the Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League in , , and , the St. The Rays have worn their own uniforms for Turn Back the Clock night only once: For example, the Houston Astros wore their s "Rainbow Guts" uniforms, the New York Mets wore the road uniforms of their championship team, [34] the Chicago White Sox wore their red and white home uniforms from the s, and the Baltimore Orioles wore their rare all-orange uniforms from the early s.

Pete Saints uniforms from the early s, and the Los Angeles Dodgers wore the gray road uniforms of the World Series-winning Brooklyn Dodgers to honor Don Zimmer , who played on that Dodger team and was a senior adviser for the Rays prior to his death.

Rays management also gave away a bobblehead at the game featuring a young Zimmer in a Dodgers uniform and an older Zimmer in a Devil Rays uniform. Rich Herrera served as the host during pre- and post-game shows for the Tampa Rays Baseball Radio Network from Slowes went to the Washington Nationals , where he is now lead announcer, while Olden pursued a photography career before replacing Bob Sheppard as the public address announcer at Yankee Stadium in In , the Rays became the second team to enter into a contract to have games broadcast nationally by Compass Media Networks in a Game of the Week format.

The broadcast team utilized during the season was TJ Rives calling play-by-play and a rotating circuit of analysts in Rob Dibble , Jeff Nelson , and Steve Phillips. However, after the season, Fox Sports signed an agreement to become the exclusive local broadcaster of the Rays, and will air games per year through Most Rays home games are now broadcast in HD.

Magrane departed after conclusion of the season to take a position at the MLB Network. Promotions[ edit ] Bobbleheads This year the Rays released several bobbleheads. On April 24 the Rays released the famous "Joe Gnome" bobblehead.

May 2426 saw the release of the Fernando Rodney bobblehead in his famous shooting-the-arrow position. On July 6 the team released the Evan Longoria retro bobblehead. June 3 saw the release of a Desmond Jennings Bobblehead. Coach Joe Maddon saw his bobblehead released on June On June 29 the Rays released the whimsical Zim Bear. Although this was not a bobblehead, the likeness of long-time coach Don Zimmer proved to be a fan favorite.

The last bobblehead was Matt Joyce on September It is based on the true story of pitcher Jim Morris , who had a brief but famous Major League Baseball career with the team. He was persuaded to try out for professional ballclubs and signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization.

Jim Morris spent parts of two seasons with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as a reliever, pitching 15 innings in 21 games, with an earned run average of 4. Rays fandom[ edit ] Raymond, the mascot, pictured in Although widespread support has been slow to build with the lack of success in its first ten seasons, it has taken some cues from the powerhouses of the American League East.

Whereas Red Sox fans are referred to as Red Sox Nation , the Orioles fan base is referred to Birdland, and Yankee fans are referred to as Yankees Universe and the team itself being called the " Evil Empire " , the Rays have adopted the term Rays Republic for their fan base.

The team has also had its fair share of notable fans and outrageous fan traditions over the years. Since then, it has become a standard feature of home games, something akin to the Sacramento Kings of the NBA and the bells their fans ring during games. Road teams have often considered the cowbell a nuisance. Once a year the Rays hold an annual "cowbell night" and give away free cowbells.

Cowbells are available for purchase throughout the year as well. The cowbells are rung most prominently when the opposing batter has two strikes, when the opposing fans try to chant, and when the Rays make a good play. A large anthropomorphic cat, wearing a Rays jersey, appears on the screen wielding a turntable similar to those used by rap DJs.

Loud music is played over the PA system while the arrival of the DJ Kitty is proclaimed on display boards throughout the ballpark. The character was created in by Rays entertainment director Lou Costanza in an attempt to rally the Rays players and the fans at Tropicana Field. John Cena appears on occasion. The Rays held a "Legends of Wrestling Night" on May 18, , featuring several wrestling matches after the game, an 84 loss to the Florida Marlins.

Outfielder and wrestling fan Jonny Gomes ran interference for the Nasty Boys during the main event. Gomes participated again, this time making a post-match save for the Nasty Boys.

The trend started during their World Series run.


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