Rays turning back the clock, and other promotions
The second day of full-squad workouts is the first day of live batting practice, which should make for some interesting action on the field. The team has been busyt off the field, too.
In advance of Saturday's launch of individual game ticket sales at the annual FanFest, the Rays released a promotional schedule Thursday that includes promotions for all Friday, Saturday and Sunday home games (42 of the 81 in all) as well as as what should be a colorful '80s night on June 21 against Houston, with the Astros wearing their rainbow-striped uniforms and the Rays donning uniforms of the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the short-lived senior league.
Among the more interesting promotions are another cowbell night on April 25 against Boston, a "disco wig" for '70s night against Baltimore on May 24, a Rays army hat for Heroes night July 5 against Kansas City, a Rays LED flashlight key chain on July 19 vs. Toronto, a B.J. Upton figurine as part of African-American Celebration night Aug. 2 vs. Detroit and a James Shields figurine on Aug. 30 vs. Baltimore.
The Rays will continue their all-inclusive themes, with a Tampa Bay night, wrestling night, international night, '70s night, country night, a Festival Latino, '80s night, a St. Petersburg night, a '90s night, and a sci-fi night.
There will be giveaways for kids at all Sunday games, including Akinori Iwamura wristbands (April 20), a Scott Kazmir strikeout swirler (April 27), a Carlos Pena Silver Slugger wiffle ball bat (May 11) and a Carl Crawford jersey T-shirt (June15).
The team will also offer $1 hot dogs on Friday nights, except for the April 25 game against Boston.