Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Around the bay area: Keeping tabs on the Rays

He’s a fan: Gov. Charlie Crist sports a Rays tie and emblem during a stop at the company Techno-Solis in St. Petersburg.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

He’s a fan: Gov. Charlie Crist sports a Rays tie and emblem during a stop at the company Techno-Solis in St. Petersburg.

ST. PETERSBURG — Of the nearly 80 televisions on display in Best Buy at Tyrone Square, only one was tuned to the Rays playing at Boston in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

That meant Juan Figueroa and Justin Anderson served as the store's unofficial sportscasters for the other employees Monday.

Who's up now? What's the score? Who's on third?

"People keep talking back and forth asking me what's going on," said Anderson, a sales associate in the home theater section, pointing to the headset and walkie-talkie strapped to his hip. "So we're keeping them up to date."

A big storm last year wiped out one of the store's antennas, so the majority of the high-definition, big-screen televisions on display run on a closed-circuit channel.

While the Rays took a 5-0 lead over the Red Sox, a Spanish-speaking rapper promoted his upcoming album on the rest of the televisions throughout the store.

In between helping a customer select a receiver and helping another choose the best remote control, Figueroa and Anderson sneaked peeks at the game on the TV behind their register — the only one in the section that was not high-definition.

"I'm a Yankees fan," Figueroa confessed.

"But this year, I went for the Rays."

Crist support: Gov. Charlie Crist toured two Pinellas County businesses, sporting a Rays tie and a Rays emblem on his dress shirt.

Crist, who moved to St. Petersburg as a child, said he hopes to watch the Rays play again at Tropicana Field in the ALCS. If they don't win the next two in Boston, the Rays will return to St. Petersburg for Game 6 Saturday and possibly Game 7 Sunday.

But Crist said he would face the same problem that many fans do: He needs tickets.

Trop empty, but store open: The Rays are playing in Boston now, but fans can still go to the team store at the Trop if they need a new cap or T-shirt commemorating the ALCS.

After the Rays earned a playoff berth, the team store began staying open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. During home games, the store opens when the Trop's gates open.

Just for the record: The $1 playoff special cowbells are still in stock.

Around the bay area: Keeping tabs on the Rays 10/13/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 6:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021

    Bucs

    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  2. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb made mistakes on back-to-back pitches to the first two Angels hitters Tuesday, allowing homers to Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout, but otherwise gave the Rays another solid outing, working into the eighth and scattering seven hits.

  4. Rays journal: Brad Miller won't return from DL when eligible

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — 2B Brad Miller (left abdominal strain) will not return from the 10-day disabled list Friday as he hoped. While he took ground balls Tuesday, he has yet to resume running.

    Rays second baseman Brad Miller, left, with infielder Tim Beckham, says he’s letting his left abdominal strain “cool down” before testing it by running.
  5. USF baseball rallies to beat Tulane in AAC tournament opener

    College

    CLEARWATER — With Tulane runners on first and second and two out in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday, USF's dugout watched as burly American Athletic Conference co-player of the year Hunter Williams' fly to left went deep.

    USF outfielder Chris Chatfield is congratulated by third-base coach Chris Cates after hitting a three-run homer in the third inning, tying the score at 3.