Rays first pitch honors go to ... Norm from Cheers?
The Rays are handing the ceremonial first pitch honors at Sunday's season opener to .... actor George Wendt, who played Norm on the sitcom Cheers.
Typically, first pitch honors go to a politician (governor, mayor), famous Rays personnel (Wade Boggs, Don Zimmer, Vince Naimoli), military personnel (from MacDill), or a big name in the sports world (Michael Andretti).
Also, the Rays announced that Tampa Bay area saxophonist B.K. Jackson will perform both anthems before the 4:05 game with Toronto.