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[Kevin Costner and Modern West iperform Thursday night at Straub Park. Getty Images]

There will be Rays all around the Tampa Bay area Thursday-Saturday as the team celebrates the official unveiling of its new uniform, logo, colors and shortened name.

Here is the latest schedule of events and appearances as provided by the Rays. All events are free.


4 p.m. Interactive activities, including Rays Street Team and mascot Raymond, begin at Straub Park (next to Vinoy Renaissance hotel in downtown St. Pete)

5:30     Fashion Show featuring Rays players, Manager Joe Maddon, Rays coaches and former Rays Wade Boggs and Fred McGriff modeling new uniforms. New merchandise will be available for purchase starting at 5:30.

6:30     Kevin Costner and Modern West in concert performing original rock and roll.

8        Fireworks show

7 a.m.   Players visit local TV and radio stations

10         Players visit MacDill Air Force Base

10:30    Manager Joe Maddon and team president Matt Silverman present jersey to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker at City Hall

11:45    Picnic in the Park at Gaslight Park, downtown Tampa. Free hot dogs, peanuts Cracker Jack, sodas, water and autographs from more than 15 players and manager Joe Maddon. Radio announcers Andy Freed and Dave Wills will emcee. T-shirt giveaway. New merchandise available at team store at 400 North Tampa St.

12:30 p.m.    RHPs Gary Glover and Jason Hammel visit participants in Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Kids Fishing Derby at Vinoy Marina adjacent to hotel.

1:45     Carl Crawford, Maddon and Silverman present jersey to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio at her office.

5:30-7:30 player appearances at Champs Sports stores (subject to change, according to the team.)

Tyrone Square Mall, St. Petersburg
Rocco Baldelli, Brendan Harris, Josh Wilson

International Plaza, Tampa
Scott Kazmir, Dioner Navarro, B.J. Upton

University Square Mall, Tampa
Grant Balfour, Jon Switzer, Delmon Young, Ben Zobrist

Brandon Town Center
Carl Crawford, Gary Glover, Edwin Jackson

DeSoto Square Mall, Bradenton
Jason Hammel, James Shields, Andy Sonnanstine

Southgate Plaza, Sarasota
Al Reyes, Dan Wheeler, manager Joe Maddon

1-3 p.m. Additional appearances at central Florida Champs Sports
Florida Mall, Orlando
Dioner Navarro, James Shields

Lakeland Square, Lakeland
Dan Wheeler, manager Joe Maddon



[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:32am]


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