Fan celebration draws a crowd
[CHRIS ZUPPA | Times]
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A Rays celebration at St. Pete Beach's TradeWinds Island Resort attracted thousands of people late today.
In addition to music, food and family activities, the event featured a giant sand sculpture featuring the "We Are One" Rays logo. Meredith Corson, (right in photo above) co-owner of Sanding Ovations, said about 50 man hours went into the sculpture, which celebrated the Tampa Bay Rays season.
Although musician Robin Zander of Cheap Trick didn't make it because of a family matter, other scheduled entertainers such as Blue Oyster Cult lead singer Buck Dharma were there.
At 6 p.m., there was still hope that Rays player Jonny Gomes would make an appearance. Also, fireworks are scheduled to go off around 9 p.m.
Deb White and her husband Greg McDonald, both of Tierra Verde, cheer during the beach bash. [CHRIS ZUPPA | Times] Framed by a rainbow that formed because of a light drizzle,Tyler McCann, 14, of Treasure Island, tosses the baseball at the beach bash. McCann grew up watching the Rays' many losses. Now he's enjoying the winning season. "It's awesome man," he said. "I love the Rays." [CHRIS ZUPPA | Times]