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Rays players greet opening day babies at Bayfront

The Rays visited Bayfront Baby Place in St. Petersburg on Tuesday to give special "Rays Fan for Life" gifts. Babies born on opening day were given a certificate good for four tickets to all future Rays home openers. Pitcher Heath Bell, who has four kids ages 4 to 16, said he and his wife are thinking of adopting another. "My wife loves babies. She told me to steal one while I was here," he joked.

Tampa Bay Rays players Sean Rodriguez, left, and Heath Bell hold newborn Khai Watson while visiting Bayfront Baby Place Tuesday. See a video at Links in today’s Times at tampabay.com.

JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times

Tampa Bay Rays players Sean Rodriguez, left, and Heath Bell hold newborn Khai Watson while visiting Bayfront Baby Place Tuesday. See a video at Links in today’s Times at tampabay.com.

By the numbers

12 Babies born on opening day (four girls, eight boys)

48 Total tickets the Rays will give to their families each opening day

4 Siblings terrified of Raymond, the Rays' mascot

7 Diehard Rays fan

families

2 Rays players present

6 Star-struck dads

Rays players greet opening day babies at Bayfront 04/01/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:11am]
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