So maybe now you're paying attention to the Rays. Yeah, you, one of those people that cranky columnists from other areas are ragging on because you don't show up for the games.
Consider this your last chance to jump on the Rays train.
And now that the Tampa Bay Rays could clinch a playoff spot this weekend, we're going to hook you up as if you'd been there all along. Here are some tips on what to wear and where to get it when you finally do show up at the Trop for the last home games of the regular season against the Twins.
If manager Joe Maddon can get one, seems like you could to — along with B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria and others. But if the real deal is too scary, we found blue and black Mohawk wigs at iParty in St. Petersburg for $19.99. The blue 'fro wigs (what's up with those?) were almost gone. If you're looking ahead to the playoffs, you can order some whacked-out Mohawk wigs zoogstercostumes.com, caufields.com and target.com, ranging from about $10 to $20. We especially like a ginormous blue one at halloweencostumes4u.com for $14.
Mission October T-shirts
Based on an idea from Maddon, it's the Rays shirt to have right now. Here's what it means: Mission October is a nod to the playoffs, and the equation "9=8" refers to nine guys playing nine innings to become one of eights teams in the playoffs. You can get the navy blue shirts at the Rays team store at the Trop and bay area Champs Sports stores for $20. Word is they're flying off the racks. You've been warned.
Ed Hardy shirts
The high-end T-shirts with attitude have become required attire for Rays players on travel days. Now they're all the rage with fans, too. But save up your beer money: They cost $62 to $200-plus. Look for them in the mall at stores like Macy's and Dillards. (And who is this Ed Hardy guy anyway? A tattoo artist who hit it really big.)