An advance peek at Rays anniversary plans – with a notable omission

This is banner hung Monday at the Trop. [MARC TOPKIN | TAMPA BAY TIMES}
This is banner hung Monday at the Trop. [MARC TOPKIN | TAMPA BAY TIMES}
Published February 6 2018
Updated February 6 2018

The Rays have a media conference set for Wednesday to unveil a uniform patch, promotions and other plans to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

But a banner hung outside Tropicana Field on Monday offered a sneak preview, with a nifty-looking logo – combining the old Devil Ray and the modern burst – and images of star players from throughout their first 20 seasons.

Players represented include Wade Boggs, Fred McGriff and Rolando Arrojo from the 1998 inaugural team; Carl Crawford, Rocco Baldelli and Scott  Kazmir on one panel and Carlos Pena, B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist on another representing the breakthrough years; and current standouts Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza Jr.

Not pictured – at least in this presentation – is franchise cornerstone Evan Longoria, the three-time All-Star who was traded in December to the Giants.

Longoria, whose face adorns other signage from last season around the Trop and is used in several elevator prints, presumably will be featured elsewhere in the new campaign. He has to be, right?

(And from what we're hearing, Longoria is indeed included in another anniversary display on the inside of the rotunda, along with David Price and other former Rays.)

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