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Friday, November 5, 2010
Rays of hope
This is a throwback cap of the Tampa Bay Rays. When they wore these, and when I took a trip down to Florida a few years ago, they were known as the Devil Rays. Today, same team, same stadium, different attitude. The team, which is now known as the Rays (portrayed as a ray of light, due to Florida being the sunshine state) has found a brighter horizon. Along with the name change came a new state of mind for all who participated in the day to day operations of the team. Since the name change, the franchise has made it's only two post season appearances, and even made it as far as the World Series two seasons ago. Upon my visit to St. Petersburg (where the Rays actually play), I watched a dismal Devil Rays club play a powerful Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim team. The Angels won by at least 7 runs and walked all over the Florida team with no regard for human life. Out of site out of mind I suppose. Now with their powder blue, navy blue, and yellow color scheme they have all but distanced the memories of the past from their minds and have established a mission for success. While the logos, jerseys, and memories of the old Devil Rays will live on for now, the team is headed in a new direction and has shown no sign of slowing down. The cap above ceased being worn at the end of the 2007 season, but you can still find it and the others in the uni set in the link below. The cap has a black crown, forest green brim, and a T B with a Devil Ray swimming beneath it all outlined in blue. I bet the ghost of Steve Irwin wasn't the only person to welcome the change of scenery in the ballpark of Tampa. Croyke!