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Why is Tropicana Field lit red, white, and blue?

Why is Tropicana Field lit red, white, and blue?

Tampa Bay Rays It’s a sign of appreciation, but that’s not all the Rays are up to. Locals or fans on social media may have noticed pictures circulating of Tropicana Field’s roof lit with unexpected hues over the last week — and the reason for it is laudable. Each night from 7:30–11:30, the roof of Tropicana Field is illuminated with red, white and blue LED lights to honor the many healthcare workers among us who are working hard to save lives while the rest of the community stays at home. Tampa Bay Rays The Rays began doing this on Tuesday night (March 31)...
DRaysBay Apr 3, 2020
View from the Catwalks: The Legend of Toe Nash

View from the Catwalks: The Legend of Toe Nash

Photo credit should read DOUG COLLIER/AFP via Plus: could a 100 game season really work? Rays News From MLB’s wildest day to the Astros’ scandal: The most meme-worthy moments ever for all 30 teams - Sam Miller, ESPN.com: The Rays selection is that of Toe Nash, the best that never was. These sliders are nasty and move in wild ways - David Adler, Thomas Harrigan, Matt Kelly, Sarah Langs and Andrew Simon, MLB.com: If it’s about sick nasty sliders, then you know Chaz Roe is involved. That freaking guy — the surprising hitters who have terrorized each AL team - Eno Sarris,...
DRaysBay Apr 2, 2020
The Debut: Chaz Roe

The Debut: Chaz Roe

Don’t worry, the wiffleball slider is there Heading into the 2005 draft, Chaz Roe was among the top ranked prep arms in the country and this would eventually lead to him be selected 32nd overall by the Colorado Rockies, where he quickly signed to become a professional baseball player. The 18-year-old Roe was assigned to Rookie-League and proceeded to make his slow climb through the minor leagues. He garnered attention as one of the top prospects in Colorado’s system. Working with a decent fastball and a potentially plus fastball, Roe was projecting to reach the big leagues at some point...
DRaysBay Apr 2, 2020
Roundtable: What memorable Rays games were you in attendance for?

Roundtable: What memorable Rays games were you in attendance for?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports We may not see any live baseball for a while, but we can reminisce on the baseball we have seen, including some fun and quirky Rays moments. As writers here at DRaysBay, we all have different levels of attachment to the Tampa Bay Rays. Some of us still live in relatively close proximity, some of us grew up in the bay area but have since moved on and now admire from afar, and some of us are recent converts, drawn to the team due to some inherent proclivity to root for the underdog. I myself am part of the second category. I was born in Tampa and raised between...
DRaysBay Apr 2, 2020
Rays and Rowdies donate 1 million meals to Feeding Tampa Bay

Rays and Rowdies donate 1 million meals to Feeding Tampa Bay

Photo by Zack Wittman for The Washington Post via The organization will match the next 1.5 million meals donated as well. The Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Rowdies are donating up to 2.5 million meals to Feeding Tampa Bay to help those in need during the current COVID-19 crisis. The donation, made from the Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund, kicks off a Rays and Rowdies virtual food drive campaign for Feeding Tampa Bay. The Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund will begin the campaign with a donation of 1 million meals and have pledged to match all donations to...
DRaysBay Apr 1, 2020
The Flip Side: Nick Green

The Flip Side: Nick Green

The man who pioneered the Rays Way before the Rays Way was a thing Nick Green was the prototypical Rays player before the Rays became the Rays. You could say, he pioneered the Rays Way. A 32nd round draft pick in 1998 by the Atlanta Braves, Green was an organization solider who never garnered much attention as a prospect. However, still with the Braves in the upper levels on the minor leagues in 2004, Green received his opportunity and made his Major League debut that season. His place in the big leagues was prolonged after Marcus Giles suffered a broken collar bone and allowed Green to...
DRaysBay Apr 1, 2020
View from the Catwalk: Simulation Rays are 1-4

View from the Catwalk: Simulation Rays are 1-4

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Things aren’t going well for the Rays thus far in MLB the Show 2020 Baseball is still cancelled, but that hasn’t stopped a certain YouTuber by the name of ‘2020 Rays Sim’ is day-by-day simulating the Tampa Bay Rays season using MLB The Show and providing the highlights on his account. Unfortunately, things are not going that well for Kevin Cash and the Rays as they have lost their last four games in a row after taking an Opening Day victory. Their current record on the simulated season is 1-4. Today’s simulation will be the series finale against the New...
DRaysBay Mar 31, 2020
When was the first homerun off the catwalks in Tropicana Field History?

When was the first homerun off the catwalks in Tropicana Field History?

Photo by Focus on Sport/ The answer may surprise you! Yesterday, Michael Clair of MLB.com published a list of `One weird fact you may not know for every team.` It’s a fun and informative read, all with the exception of one thing. When you look for the weird fact for the Tampa Bay Rays, Clair went with this: Plenty of weirdness happens when a ball hits the catwalk that hangs under The Trop’s domed roof. But the first player to test the rules was Edgar Martínez. On May 28, 1998, Martínez launched a ball off the “D” ring for the first ground-rule home run at the stadium. Former...
DRaysBay Mar 31, 2020
Rays release kids activities for the young fans in your life

Rays release kids activities for the young fans in your life

Now where are my crayons... The majority of schools around the United States are closed and kids are sitting home with nothing to do. Well now, thanks to the Tampa Bay Rays, your children will have the opportunity to partake in several Rays related activities to help fill that huge baseball sized void in their lives. The Rays have made three coloring pages available featuring their primary mascot, Raymond, the viral sensation DJ Kitty, and a new addition, Stinger the Sting Ray. Along with the coloring pages, the Rays have six activity pages to choose from as a way to provide...
DRaysBay Mar 31, 2020
Random Ray of the Day: Jose Guillen

Random Ray of the Day: Jose Guillen

His claim to fame before coming to the Rays was having a ruptured buttock. What could go wrong? Jose Guillen’s career in the Major Leagues began really, really badly. So badly in fact that from 1997 to 1999, he was twice as bad as the next qualifying player (-5.3 fWAR). However, he did make an insane throw that would make Ramon Laureano envious. During the 1997 season, Guillen hit .267/.300/.412 with 14 HR over 143 games played, registering -3.1 fWAR. He was by far the worst qualifying player in the Majors that season, with a couple of future Devil Rays teammates following not so closely...
DRaysBay Mar 30, 2020
View from the Catwalks: First place for a day

View from the Catwalks: First place for a day

Photo by Tom Hauck/ That time when Tino Martinez and Jose Cruz Jr. went yard at the Tokyo Dome. On this (opening) day in 2004, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays knocked off the New York Yankees 8-3 in the Tokyo Dome. Jose Cruz Jr. smacked a solo dinger, and Tino Martinez went 3 for 3 with a two run blast. Victor Zambrano worked six innings, giving up three runs on six hits in picking up the win. The Rays stay at the top of the standings would last ... one day. But still! News and Links: A new Zunino entered the world. Congrats to Mike and Alyssa! Welcome to the world Paisley Grace! She was born...
DRaysBay Mar 27, 2020
Team Snellzila - 1, Team Garrett - 2

Team Snellzila - 1, Team Garrett - 2

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Snell falls just short in the players tournament of MLB The Show Blake Snell Vs Hunter Pence Blake Snell representing the Rays, and he represented us well. Starting out the tournament, Snell went with the throwback Devil Rays jerseys, a clearly excellent choice. Snell’s semifinal matchup vs Pence started with a bit of controversy. After Snellzila mowed through the lineup with his own 99 rated player card, and got a nice sac fly to gain a 1-0 lead, digital Tropicana Field went dark. We are working to resolve the issue with the MLB The Show 20 Player Tournament...
DRaysBay Mar 27, 2020
Team Snellzilla - 1, Team Garrett - 2

Team Snellzilla - 1, Team Garrett - 2

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Snell falls just short in the players tournament of MLB The Show Blake Snell Vs Hunter Pence Blake Snell representing the Rays, and he represented us well. Starting out the tournament, Snell went with the throwback Devil Rays jerseys, a clearly excellent choice. Snell’s semifinal matchup vs Pence started with a bit of controversy. After Snellzilla mowed through the lineup with his own 99 rated player card, and got a nice sac fly to gain a 1-0 lead, digital Tropicana Field went dark. We are working to resolve the issue with the MLB The Show 20 Player Tournament...
DRaysBay Mar 27, 2020
Rays hosting COVID-19 supply drive through Saturday, donate food stock

Rays hosting COVID-19 supply drive through Saturday, donate food stock

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Rays have donated the food from their three stadiums to COVID-19 relief. Anticipating shortages in the county-wide re- sponse to COVID-19, Pinellas County is running a supply donation event at Lot 4 of Tropicana Field (198 17th St. S.). Drop-offs began on Thursday and are open until 7 p.m. tonight, or tomorrow (Saturday) from 10 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. They are collecting personal protective equipment and disinfectants to be delivered to hospitals, first responders and more. For more specifics on items requested, visit stpete.org/emergency/covid-19.php . Last...
DRaysBay Mar 27, 2020
The Debut: Nick Anderson

The Debut: Nick Anderson

Photo by Mark Brown/ From incarceration to redemption It was the summer of 2011, and 21 year old Nick Anderson was in trouble. Anderson had just been arrested and was about to possibly be charged with second degree assault. During some late night heavy drinking with buddies out on the town, Anderson got into a heated altercation during which he struck another patron of the bar in the head with a bat, allegedly in self-defense. Anderson got off relatively easy. He was charged with a misdemeanor, spent eight days in jail, paid restitution to the victim, and was on probation for several...

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