Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

True-blue Rays fans show style at hair studio

Sandra Serrano was contemplating a radical change in hair color Tuesday — from dark brown to bright blue.

At least the switch would go along with her outfit. She was already wearing a Rays shirt, a team hat and bright blue lipstick. "Why not get the hair blue, too?" she asked. "I have to admit, I'm thinking about it."

Serrano would likely be taking her 8-year-old son to Legends Hair Studio in south St. Petersburg later Tuesday to have his hair buzzed into a Rayhawk.

"Of course he has to ask his teacher first. But if she lets him, he's going to get the Rayhawk and maybe even get his hair dyed blue, too."

Her son, Jamian, has been asking for a Rayhawk ever since his eighth birthday. "That's when we took him to his first Rays game," she said. "Since then he's been a die-hard fan. He's totally hooked."

The 33-year-old corporate credit consultant would not be getting a Rayhawk to match her son's, but she said she has been wearing her Rays gear to work in recent weeks.

The talk was all Rays at Legends, a barbershop where owner John Green says he sees team pride expressed in his hair-grooming salon every day.

"Of course everyone's excited. We have about three or four people coming in a day asking for a Rayhawk," he said. "We finally have our own team to be proud of, so people want to express that in their style." Green was dressed entirely in Rays gear as well.

Shanteka Yung, a 15-year-old student at Lakewood High School, was at Legends to have her eyebrows trimmed. When asked if she would be getting a Rayhawk, she responded with an emphatic "No!" But she's still a fan.

"Everyone at my school is really excited about the Rays. I'm probably going to have a party at my house and invite all my friends to watch the World Series. … The team has been here since I was a little kid, I've been a fan almost my whole life," she said.

Everyone at Legends had their own thoughts as to why the Rays rose from dead last to first place, but costumer Comer Boswell has it all figured out.

"Oh, I know it's because they dropped the name 'Devil,' " he declared. "Every since they got the 'Devil' out of their name, it's just been all up for them. That's got to be what it is."

Later that day, Jamian came home from school. Apparently his teacher is a Rays fan, too, so he will be getting his long-awaited Rayhawk.

Not to be outdone by Jamian, his mother decided to dye her hair blue.

True-blue Rays fans show style at hair studio 10/21/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 11:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Heights Public Market to host two Tampa Bay food trucks


    TAMPA — The Heights Public Market announced the first two food trucks for its "rotating stall," which will feature new restaurants every four months. Surf and Turf and Empamamas will be rolled out first.

    Heights Public Market is opening this summer inside the Tampa Armature Works building.
[SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times file photo]

  2. Mariners lose lefty Drew Smyly to Tommy John surgery


    SEATTLE — Drew Smyly was the centerpiece to one of Seattle's many offseason moves by general manager Jerry Dipoto. He was a priority acquisition as a proven lefty for the rotation the Mariners believed would thrive pitching at Safeco Field.

    Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Seattle announced the diagnosis on Wednesday, ending Smyly's hopes of returning during the 2017 season. [AP photo]
  3. Author Randy Wayne White could open St. Pete's biggest restaurant on the pier

    Food & Dining

    ST. PETERSBURG — The story begins with Yucatan shrimp.

    St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, pilot Mark Futch, Boca Grande, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, and author and businessman Randy Wayne White,  Sanibel, exit a Maule Super Rocket seaplane after taking a fight around Tampa Bay off the St. Petersburg waterfront, 6/28/17.  White and his business partners are in negotiations with the City of St. Petersburg to build a fourth Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille on the approach to the St. Petersburg Pier with a second event space on the pier according to White. The group met near Spa Beach after a ground breaking ceremony for the new pier. "We want to have our business open by the time the pier opens," said White. Other Dr. Ford restaurants are located on Sanibel, Captiva and Ft. Myers Beach. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  4. Busted: How a Times photographer captured Donald Trump's fake news


    Tampa Bay Times photojournalist Scott Keeler was on assignment last summer for a story about Donald Trump’s presence in Palm Beach, a tale of glamour and conflict. Along the way he inadvertently captured evidence of a …

    Near the main entrance at Mar-a-Lago, the fake Time magazine cover is on display in July 2016.
  5. Jones: Steve Yzerman's plan for getting the Lightning back into the playoffs

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Seems like forever since the Lightning played a hockey game.

    If the Lightning season started right now, would Steve Yzerman be happy with what he has? "We're still a couple of players short,'' Yzerman said.. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]